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Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic

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Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo--in which obsessve ex-cop James Stewart pursues troubled loner Kim Novak throughout San Francisco--is one of the most dissected, discussed, and revered movies of all time. Now, for the first time, the story of this remakable film is revealed. Writing with the full cooperation of the director's family and many crew members, Dan Auiler of ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 19th 2000 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1998)
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Joseph Longo
If you have an interest or a fascination with Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 classic film "Vertigo, which many people do, you will find this book entertaining and a great source of information. It is well researched and chock-fill of facts about the making of the film. It contains insights into how Hitchcock worked with everyone connected with it, especially the writers and the actors. For example, he rarely gave the stars of the film, James Steward and Kim Novak, direction. He cast actors whom he thou ...more
Amber the Human
I was hoping for more discussion about the film itself, its plot, its quirks, but instead this really gets into the nitty-gritty of the filming process - if you want to know what footage was shot on which day and how many takes, this is the book for you. It's clear the that author REALLY cares about this movie, but he doesn't really analyze it. Oh well. Still interesting!
Bernie
By now, Alfred Nitchcock's "Vertigo," is considered a classic, arguably a masterpiece that ranks with "Citizen Kane." Predictably, its release in 1958 was greeted with some medicocre reviews. (Time Magazine, typically snide and patronizing at the time, called it " another Hitchcock and bull story." )
By now, the mesmerizing film, about an ex-cop (Jimmy Stewart) who pursues a mysterious woman (Kim Novak) in San Francisco and along the Pacific coast, is an hypnotic study of obesssion. (Perhaps it
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Teddy Farias
I liked it. I liked that this book mentioned how Hitch missed Grace Kelly as his blonde femme fatale, & tried replacing her with Novak, & how in Vertigo the character is also trying to mold the girl into what he wants her to be.
David Allen
Auiler's book shows how much Hitchcock shaped the writing of his films, including this one, perhaps his most personal. Auiler has access to the shooting logs, but 40 years on they sometimes they provide detail without illumination: We learn that the encounter with Novak in Stewart's apartment was filmed repeatedly, but no reason is offered. Overall, somewhat thin. Still, you'll leave with a better appreciation of the movie.
Jessica
I loved this behind-the-scenes look at filming Vertigo - it doesn't pull any punches, and doesn't shy away from showing the darker side of Hitchcock himself.
Sian Taylor
I've never seen the film, so I thought this was going to be about a man stuck up a tower in a storm! Pleasantly surprised though.
Dan Auiler
This was my first book. Feel free to drop me a note--I love reading reviews good or bad. Just not indifferent.
Ernie
Decent enough, but I was overall disappointed with it for some reason I can't put my finger on.
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“The Los Angeles Citizen-News (5/29/58) concurred, but felt the picture had more serious problems in the story department:   Unfortunately, the story, as adapted for the screen comes off less praiseworthy, for most of the time the picture is not a little confusing. The story line is not easy to follow. ... Vertigo is technically a topnotch film. Storywise, little can be said. Hitchcock does as well as he can, considering the script, in a directorial capacity. Vertigo is not his best picture.” 0 likes
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