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Vertigo notes

Vertigo notes

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Vertigo notes

  1. 1. QUESTION: Using your notes below and your notes from your thriller seminars, analyse how Vertigo conforms to our expectations of thriller codes and conventions. EDITING - match on action - jump cut CAMERA SHOTS/ANGLES/MOVEMENT - close up - starts with a chase sequence at night - dark - birds eye view - the vertigo effect or Hitchcock effect , push in and push out, this was the first time this was used in this genre, to convey perspective - high angle shots when he looks at her - establishing shot after he faints - two shot in the office - low angle shot when talking about danger coming to his wife - tracking shot (inwards) - establishing shot - tilt, when looking at all the apartment windows - establishing shot across the courtyard - POV shot when looking out the car windscreen - low angle shot in the graveyard - lots of low angle shots of scotty - tracking shots of scotty walking - voyeurism (watching, being a ‘peeping tom’) - low angle shot of scotty at the top of the tower shows his dominance, vice versa - high angle shot of her shows her weakness SOUND - unsettling score in the opening credit sequence - diegetic sound, the violin in the background, then asked to be turned off - non-diegetic sound comes in in the restaurant scene - more unsettling score hinting at mystery - non-diegetic sound and diegetic sound of footsteps and door opening - As he, Scotty, becomes more obsessed with madeline the music becomes more eerie - dramatic score at the end of the movie THEMES & MOTIFS - marriage - college engagement - quitting the police force due to his agoraphobia and vertigo - visits a graveyard - voyeurism (watching, being a ‘peeping tom’)
  2. 2. - Twisted stairs = twisted mind, when he’s climbing up the tower - slow pleasant score used to calm to mood and show a SYMBOLIC CODES (including enigma and binary opposites) - visual metaphors to represent twisted minds - flowers contrast with her grey suit in the flower store IDEOLOGY - when she kisses scotty at the end she is using her love against him trying to manipulate him LIGHTING - dark lighting at night, mystery - lots of red colour - soft lighting is used around madeline’s face and sharp/harder lighting is used around Scotty’s face - saturated in the restaurant - desaturated when scotty is following madeline - low key lighting - chiaroscuro lighting used (mixture between light and dark - direct contrast) key convention in thriller films - chiaroscuro lighting then contrasts to high key lighting in the flower shop - back to natural light when he leaves the room where he is looking at madeline in the flower shop,he goes back outside - natural lighting in the graveyard - the higher they go in the tower the darker it gets - low key lighting NARRATIVE - starting with non-linear narrative - the higher they go in the tower the darker it gets CHARACTERS - main character (scotty) has a agoraphobia/ vertigo - relationship with Midge, used to be engaged in college - madeline (the guys wife who he is supposed to follow) is introduced, she is the woman scotty becomes obsessed with, her clothes are green, contrasting to the red background - the grave belongs to Carlotta Valdes - scotty is full of internal conflict - Julie looks like Madeline to Scotty, begets a de ja vuz sensation when he sees Julie, because julie is madeline
  3. 3. SETTING & MISE-EN-SCENE - set in San Francisco - by water, up and down hills, famous signs and wide streets

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