The story behind the film
Hitchcock used a variety of cutting-edge techniques, including the famous dolly zoom shot, in which the camera zooms in while pulling back, to create the feeling of panic experienced by those suffering from vertigo. That same motif features in Bernard Herrmann’s score, which, though not as famous as the one he composed for Psycho, is perhaps one of the best of its kind. Saul Bass’s title credits also feature spirals, to convey the vertigo of the main character and his descent into insanity. The original movie poster featuring two silhouetted figures falling through spirals may remind Mad Men fans of the superb title sequence of that show, in which a man falls from a skyscraper.