General discussion of Vertigo
Notes for re-watch of Vertigo


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Becky Bond

I personally love watching old films. I think that if you were to stick to only watching movies within your lifespan, you're going to be seriously missing out on some cinema masterpieces. One of my favorite older films is "Abbot and Costello Meet the Invisible Man." Vertigo surprised me in some ways, mostly writing related, and didn't surprise me in others. For example, the shot length. The shots of that era were far longer than we are use to today and can make the film seem slower at parts. But the writing (although it admittedly had some plot holes) seemed to me surprisingly innovative.

Jessica Brown

I agree with Becky. The long shots made the movie seem dated, but I think it was ahead of its time in many ways. The narrative, use of animation, and exploration of psychological topics make it feel similar to modern avant-garde films.

Ryan Giles

I agree with Becky, I love watching old films. My favorite classic movie to watch is "The Wolf Man" the 1941 version in Black and White. Another one is the classic "Pink Panther" with Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. I would consider "Vertigo" a classic film to watch but I wouldn't consider it to be too old for me. I have watched older films than this and this particular film feels younger towards the film that was made in the 40's where they didn't have color to support the picture. Overall this was an interesting film to watch in class.

Becky Bond

I too think the plot was a little avant-garde for it's time. Especially for having a female character that is behind the master scheme in a time where women were more repressed than they are today. Granted, the movie makes up for that by making it male dominated and by displaying her getting pushed around by Scotty a lot. So that kind of sucks.

Garret Adams

I have seen a fare share of older movies, although they are not my favorite movies to watch I do enjoy them. I would definetely consider Vertigo a "old" movie for several reasons. One reason being the way its filmed and the acting. Another reason is how long ago the movie was made. Some of my favorite "old" movies are White Christmas, The Lemon Drop Kid, and lots of old war movies like The Great Escape with John Wayne.

Kevin Smith

I have not watched many movies from before the 1970's, so I have not had very much exposure to the older styles of film making. The thing that really stood out to me was the use of the painted backdrops and the background projections. Compared to what I'm used to seeing in movies today, these techniques just stuck out like a sore thumb.

Josh Riddell

I don't have much experience watching movies that were created before the 90's. I think the movie Vertigo definitely felt old to me, but I could see that the movie was more ahead of its time in terms of camera work and features.

One thing that I felt made Vertigo seem a lil old was the time frames where there is no talking with in the movie. Vertigo goes stretches with no dialogue. I think that to me had a more older style feeling. Movies now days seem to me filled with much more action with out much time going by with out dialogue.

Gabriel Yanez

I've watched a few older films for class assignments in the past and have enjoyed the experience of watching older works, especially the works of Hitchcock. I grew up watch his Hitchcock Presents film series as a kid. In terms of Vertigo feeling old or not, the only think that felt dated was the film quality. If the film was remade today, it would need minimum updating other than some cultural values.

Andy McDonald

Vertigo absolutely felt old. It has longer shots (as we talked about in class), along with a simpler plot and set of characters. I personally enjoy older movies. Heck, Singin' in the Rain is my favorite musical of all time. Old movies have a charm that new movies lack, and I enjoy seeing that charm from time to time.

Jose hernandez

I have a new appreciation for old films. Even though the film industry was still young I believe that, that's when directors were willing to explore and think outside the box.

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