Detective John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) is asked by an old college acquaintance to follow his wife Madeline (Kim Novak), fearing she may be in some danger. Tracking her movements, he finds a connection to a woman who died in 1857, Carlotta Valdes. Drawn into the mystery, Scottie saves Madeline from throwing herself into San Francisco Bay and in the process falls in love with her. However, there is more going on than meets the eye in this suspenseful classic.
Considered by many to be Alfred Hitchcock’s best film and by some the best film of all time, Vertigo is a beautiful technicolour exploration of love, anxiety and mystery in 1950s San Francisco.
There will be an introduction to this Philosophy and Film screening from Gerald Lang, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Leeds.