365 films in 2016: film 12 (Vertigo 1958)

vertigo-0Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is one of those films that constantly gets brought up in the best film of all time discussion and for a long time I couldn’t really work out why, it’s great film and is written really well but I always thought of it as just a good movie, until I started to look back at pre-Vertigo films, looking at films like Vertigo and Citizen Kane now in 2016 it’s hard to see how these films were revolutionary in their time without looking at the way films were made before them. Unfortunately This also leads to the mentality that a lot of people have that films  were better in the past, which is fucking stupid. Films were made in the way they were back then because that’s the furthest film technology had gotten, if Hitchcock or Welles were around now they would be doing the same things that directors like Fincher and Abrams are doing, because the truth is there never was a ‘golden age’ of cinema where green screen wasn’t around to ‘ruin’ films, heck even Hitchcock has been known to have used mattes/ painted mattes in his films. People have been experimenting with green screen and blue screen and different types of mattes since the start of the 1900s and I can guarantee if directors had the technology we have now back then they would without a doubt be doing the same things. But back to Vertigo, what I love about this film is the characters, especially Midge, Midge is such a brilliant character who completely takes over the scene whenever she’s in the shot, she’s also incredibly progressive and funny, and when I think Hitchcock movies I don’t normally think funny, but Midge is the perfect Witty counter balance to John’s droll personality, you could argue that Madeleine represents the way women were viewed in the past and Midge represents the direction women were heading but this is not a film essay so I’m not gonna go into that. It’s impossible to talk about vertigo without talking about the way it’s filmed, weather it be the famous zoom out track in shots or just the long shots that are framed perfectly, Vertigo is a combination of classic filmmaking with modern (for the time) techniques and it results in some beautiful shots. There isn’t much you can say about Vertigo that hasn’t already been said other than it’s an incredible film that has left a major impression on the way films are made today, Vertigo is an 8/10.

In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.

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