Mar 12

Hitchcock Day

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Vertigo (1958)
Title Sequence
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One final thing I have to do… and then I’ll be free of the past." ​

~ John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson, Vertigo, 1958

Some of the most memorable and terrifying scenes in cinema history, came from the mind of "The Master of Suspense," Alfred Hitchcock, "The Master of Suspense." in a career spanning six decades, he became as well known as any of his actors thanks to his many interviews, his cameo roles in most of his films, and his hosting and producing of the television anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1965). His films garnered a total of 46 Oscar nominations and six wins. Innovating many new film and camera techniques and devices, the "Hitchcockian" style includes the use of camera movement to mimic a person's gaze, thereby turning viewers into voyeurs, and framing shots to maximize anxiety and fear. This tartan was inspired by the iconic 1958 opening title sequence of his film, Vertigo, designed by Paul Bass with music by Bernard Hermann. 🍥

"One final thing I have to do… and then I’ll be free of the past."

~ John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson, Vertigo, 1958

On March 12th is a day marking the contribution to cinema of the works of master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980).

Alfred Hitchcock's prolific film-making career spanned half a decade - he began making movies in 1921 and made his last film, Family Plot, in 1976. His unique cinematic style in the genre of psychological thrillers and suspense movies earned him the title of Master of Suspense.  In addition to making movies, Hitchcock created and hosted a television series called Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  In addition to his innovations in film-making, he  was famous for his larger than life personality and distinctive speaking style, his many eccentricities, obsessions and cruelties to his leading ladies, and for inserting himself into fleeting cameo appearances in his films.  Throughout most of his career, he collaborated with his wife, screenwriter and editor Alma Reville.

Vertigo (1958), the undisputed masterpiece of Hitchcock cinema, has many elements worthy of a careful analysis, but one that has always aroused particular attention on the movie’s admirers is how the colours are adopted in the film - oranges, reds, greens, violets, are all used to emphasize the deteriorating psychological state of the major characters.

Shot on location in San FranciscoCalifornia, and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood,  it is the first film to use the dolly zoom, an in-camera effect that distorts perspective to create disorientation, to convey Scottie's acrophobia. As a result of its use in this film, the effect is often referred to as "the Vertigo effect".

This tartan utilizes eye-dizzying colour combinations and evokes a bit of the Vertigo effect from those in the opening title sequence (designed by Saul Bass) and Scottie's subsequent nightmare.  

To view the entire famous opening title sequence and catch the orange and magenta eye sequence, click the eye!

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