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Plot, Details & Awards

Vertigo

(1996)
PG In Theaters 05/28/1958 , 128min.
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Plot & Details

Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. It opens as Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) realizes he has vertigo, a condition resulting in a fear of heights, when a police officer is killed trying to rescue him from falling off a building. Scottie then retires from his position as a private investigator, only to be lured into another case by his old college friend, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore). Elster's wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), has been possessed by a spirit, and Elster wants Scottie to follow her. He hesitantly agrees, and thus begins the film's wordless montage as Scottie follows the beautiful yet enigmatic Madeleine through 1950s San Francisco (accompanied by Bernard Herrmann's hypnotic score). After saving her from suicide, Scottie begins to fall in love with her, and she appears to feel the same way. Here tragedy strikes, and each twist in the movie's second half changes our preconceptions about the characters and events. In 1996 a new print of Vertigo was released, restoring the original grandeur of the colors and the San Francisco backdrop, as well as digitally enhancing the soundtrack.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Hal Pereira Nominated
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Frank R. McKelvey Nominated
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Sam Comer Nominated
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound George Dutton Nominated
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Henry Bumstead Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1958 Directors Guild of America Best Director Alfred Hitchcock Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 New York Film Critics Circle Most Distinguished Reissue Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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