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A-Levels Film Studies Mind Map on Vertigo, created by jhipkiss1994 on 06/17/2013.

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Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
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Vertigo
1 key scenes
1.1 Opening Titles
1.1.1 introduces key themes through symbolism
1.1.2 Spiral visuals are open to interpretation (falling, hypnosis etc)
1.1.3 works at a sub concious level
1.1.4 womans face suggests seduction
1.1.5 red filter: love, lust, danger
1.2 restaurant scene
1.2.1 long take of camera panning over the restaurant

Annotations:

  • scottie's search for perfection
1.2.2 focus on colour, scottie and madelaine stand out on red background

Annotations:

  • madelaine is green on red ( envy & lust) 
1.2.3 follows madelaine from scotties POV - shows his lust
1.3 first meeting of Judy
1.3.1 green car - shows sickness
1.3.2 lots of close on Scotty - show emotions
1.3.3 repeats framing of Madelaine in restaurant

Annotations:

  • Judy stands in the same places as madelaine, including standing in front of a mirror - hints that Judy is Madelaine
1.3.4 camera is scotties perspective
1.4 department store scene
1.4.1 Judy's perspective
1.4.2 scottie seems overpowering
1.4.3 Judy dressed in green - scotties illness
1.4.4 sat at same lever - they are equal
1.4.5 "you want me to dress like her" - obsession
2 key themes
2.1 obsession
2.1.1 obsessed with madelaine
2.1.2 leads to him being a control freak to Judy
2.1.3 shown in department store scene
2.2 freudian theories
2.2.1 ID, ego and Superego

Annotations:

  • ID is the subconcious desires  super ego is the concious  ego is the sense of self  Three shown in opening scene  Id is criminal, super ego is the policeman, ego is scottie
2.3 Neurosis
2.3.1 caused by his vertigo
2.3.2 leads to all his other aspects - obsession, guilt, etc
2.4 Guilt
2.4.1 guilt from being unable to help policeman
2.4.2 can remove guilt by helping madelaine
2.4.3 guilt returns after madelaines death
3 Critical reception
3.1 changed from a critical flop to one of the most successful films ever
3.2 controversy over representation of women

Annotations:

  • camera is used to show how women are represented in society  no longer profound about society
3.3 complex plot stops people appreciating other portions of the film

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