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During a rooftop chase, police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson is overcome with a severe case of acrophobia—a deep fear of falling which results in a stultifying vertigo—that leads to the death of a fellow officer. After retiring from the police force, Scottie attempts to return to a normal life, but his life takes another unusual turn when an old school aquaintance asks Scottie to shadow his wife, the luminescently beautiful but utterly mysterious Madeleine. Scottie is wary but the minute he sees her he cannot resist the chase. As his fixation with Madeleine grows, however, so too does her obsession with death.

Vertigo is Alfred Hitchcock's haunting tale of deception, madness, and death—a masterful exploration of fantasy and anxiety. The film ranks with Rear Window as one of the director's most closely studied films for its psychological complexity, while the obsession of its protagonist—John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart)—can also be seen to parallel that of Hitchcock's own fascination with the icy-blonde leading lady he re-created at the centre of so many of his films. Stewart gives an exceptional performance as the disintegrating detective, while Novak, who was left largely undirected by Hitchcock, conveys a subtle and powerful psychological journey. Another star of the film is its San Francisco setting. Vertigois considered one of Hitchcock's most complex, finest films.

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