PG | 28 May 1958 (USA)
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A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.


That was an excellent one.


As somebody who had not heard any of this before, it became a curious phenomenon to sit and watch a film and slowly have the realities begin to click into place.

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Hayden Kane

There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes

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Sameer Callahan

It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.

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An incredible perfect blend of background music, camera work, fascinating story, acting, suspense, and mesmerizing romance.

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For me, this is not a typical Hitchcock movie. Though there are mystery and crime elements and also some thrilling moments, the film is more about 'believing what you made to believe to see'. And this makes it more of a psychological drama. Hitchcock cleverly shows us how mystery can lure us in and get hooked. What is more how unsolved mystery can become an obsession driving a man crazy. Scottie, a retired detective with fear of heights, gets 'hooked' on a mystery of an attractive, seductive and alluring woman. He is lead to believe that she is 'possessed' by the spirit of her great grandmother who committed a suicide. Despite being a detective albeit a retired one, Scottie remains somewhat weak character due to his original flaw - fear of heights which is used by Gavin to manipulate him - and his fascination with the mystery of the woman he cannot comprehend. His non-comprehension of the subject deepens when he tries to recreate Madeleine's look forcing Judy to alter her hair colour and style and forcing her to wear style of clothes that Madeleine used to wear. Scottie is not interested in the real woman - Judy - behind the mask of Madeleine, he is obsessed with the looks of the woman that lured him into the mystery in the first place, trying to recreate exhilaration and attraction he felt. Gavin used Judy to impersonate his wife whom he murdered and Scotties uses Judy to impersonate the impersonated Madelaine. Both men do not care for the real woman. For them she is just a tool. Quite a reflection fo the Hollywood world back then and I believe even now.

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On second viewing, there were a lot of great things that I hadn't noticed the first time around; subtle clues of the twists to come, being able to view the film while knowing the inevitable outcome adds a new level of tragedy to the events of the film for the viewer. While I may have romanticised this film in my head after my first viewing years ago, I believe it is still an absolute masterpiece, and a good starting point for my proceeding journey into the best of cinema.

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This film tells the story of a detective who is hired to follow the wife of a ship yard owner. He falls for the wife soon after the investigations.The story goes quite slowly, and confuses me at first. After the mystery is revealed, it becomes a romantic film, which is quite a surprise to me. It is a good film, especially it is interesting to see that the famous landmarks of San Francisco haven't changed in the past sixty years!

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