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Joshua Vogel’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Other than Lawrence of Arabia, I have never seen a more beautifully shot movie than Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. Hitchcock's use of bright and vivid colors illuminate each shot which keeps the audience entranced throughout the duration of the film. The bright red walls of Ernie's, the green light shining through the apartment window, and the beauty of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge are just a few on a long list of examples that embody the beauty of Vertigo. Now aside from the mesmerizing cinematography, I'm pained to say that Vertigo doesn't have the most gripping of storylines when compared to other Hitchcock masterpieces such as Psycho, North by Northwest and Rear Window. Although the ending of Vertigo provides a thrilling conclusion to the main conflict, the majority of the film seems to be dragging on, whereas in North by Northwest and Rear Window the main conflict or storyline is introduced within the first 15 minutes which allows you to stay invested in the story from start to finish. Now I'm in no way suggesting that you shouldn't watch this film, it is by all means one of Hitchcock's finest, but in my personal opinion films such as Psycho, North by Northwest, Rear Window, and Dial M for Murder have a more gripping storyline from start to finish.