As stated in an article by Magellan (1994), the multiple genres of Vertigo can be defined as follows:
Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is a film which functions on multiple levels simultaneously. On a literal level it is a mystery-suspense story of a man hoodwinked into acting as an accomplice in a murder, his discovery of the hoax, and the unraveling of the threads of the murder plot. On a psychological level the film traces the twisted, circuitous routes of a psyche burdened down with guilt, desperately searching for an object on which to concentrate its repressed energy. Finally, on an allegorical or figurative level, it is a retelling of the immemorial tale of a man who has lost his love to death and in hope of redeeming her descends into the underworld.
The narrative of Vertigo tells a plot twisted story of mystery and suspense as the main character “Scottie” (James Stuart), a retired detective suffer...
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...m, Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance wearing a grey suit and carrying a bugle case and strolls across the screen from left to right just before Scottie arrives at Elster’s shipyard. In conclusion, Vertigo, fifty six years later, is now considered an iconic classic and one of the best films ever made.
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