The movie stars James Stewart and Kim Novak. The film follows the characters of a retired cop who now works as a private detective. He finds himself falling in love with a woman of great mystery that he was hired to follow. The reason that the film is called Vertigo is because Mr. Stewart’s character gets vertigo when he witnesses a police office falling to his death when trying to save him during a chase across the tops of buildings. After that event is when Stewart’s character, Ferguson, decides to retire from the police force and begin work as a detective. His vertigo is so severe that he is not even able to stand on a stool. If he does so, he becomes extremely dizzy and frozen with fear.
Watch Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock – it brings us to Detective Ferguson being hired by his old college buddy to follow his wife, played by Ms. Kim Novak. Ms. Novak’s character, Madeleine’s husband tells Detective Ferguson that he believes his wife may be mentally ill or even be possessed by an evil spirit. The detective follows Madeline to the grave of a woman who had died over a hundred years earlier. Madeline then begins to wear her hair in the same way of the deceased woman and walks around the city of San Francisco in a trance.
Madeline is followed by the detective to the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, where she makes an apparent suicide attempt by leaping off of the bridge. The detective jumps into the water to save her and brings her back to his home. She awakens but soon leaves; however not before telling the detective of strange dreams she had been having. The two plan to figure out what may be happening and while doing so, Madeline runs into a tall bell tower. Desperate to save her life, Detective Ferguson follows her up the winding stairs, despite his extreme Vertigo. Sadly, Madeline falls from the tower and dies. This is unbelievably traumatic for the detective and he has a major nervous breakdown. Madeline’s husband tries to reassure the detective that it was the spirit of the deceased woman who killed her.
Detective Ferguson becomes deeply depressed and enters a mental hospital for a while to deal with terrifying nightmares and his worsening depressive state. Later in the movie, he begins to visit many of the places that he and Madeline had been. It is in one of those places that he sees a woman who bears a striking resemblance to her. Told that her name is Judy, the detective leaves. The audience, however, sees what the truth is. Madeline’s husband killed his first wife. He hired the detective to follow Madeline and when the detective saw her fall from the tower, it was actually the first wife’s body that was thrown down to the ground.
Scottie becomes obsessed with Judy, but any romantic possibility between them is thwarted by his memory of Madeleine. Scottie insists that Judy dress like Madeleine; despite her protests, she eventually gives in. When Judy is completely made over as Madeleine, she goes back to her apartment, where Scottie is waiting. She deliberately tries to retain some hint of her own personality by not wearing her hair in Madeleine's style, but finally he persuades her to change even this small detail. She goes into the bathroom and emerges, just as Madeleine emerged from his bedroom — the film echoes the earlier scene — and as Scottie embraces her the past swirls about them and their relationship seems finally to be consummated, his obsession cured.
The movie takes some wild spins again, some that completely shock the viewer, before it ends with an even more crazy shock. Watch Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock – it is truly one of the best thrillers of all time.