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Mar 12

Hitchcock Day

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Vertigo (1958)
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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

"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!