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Hitchcock Day

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

~ John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson, Vertigo, 1958

Alfred Hitchcock, renowned as "The Master of Suspense," crafted some of cinema's most unforgettable and spine-chilling scenes. Over his six-decade career, Hitchcock's influence extended beyond the screen; he became a household name through his frequent interviews, iconic cameos, and the popular TV series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955–1965). His innovative contributions to film, including the "Hitchcockian" style which uses camera movement to simulate a person's gaze and framing shots to heighten suspense, earned his films a total of 46 Oscar nominations and six wins, solidifying his legacy in the annals of cinematic history. The title sequence of Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" which inspired this tartan, is a masterpiece of visual design and a landmark in the history of cinema, created by the graphic designer Saul Bass. It opens with an extreme close-up of a woman's face, then zooms into her eye, through which the audience is plunged into a swirling maelanage of spirals and abstract patterns. These hypnotic, swirling motifs perfectly encapsulate the themes of obsession, disorientation, and the psychological depth that the film explores. Bass's use of innovative animation techniques, coupled with Bernard Herrmann's hauntingly beautiful score, creates an atmosphere of suspense and unease from the very beginning. This sequence not only sets the tone for the movie but also represents a significant moment in film history, where the title sequence became an integral part of the film's storytelling and artistic expression. Saul Bass's work on "Vertigo" is widely regarded as one of the greatest title sequences of all time! 🧡 💜 🤍 📽️ 🎞️ 🎬 🍿 👁️

"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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