The story be­hind the film

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - YOUR MOVIE PLANNER -

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.

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