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Profile motif in Vertigo 5

by Brian Davis

Like in many previous examples of the motif, the camera tracks in toward Judy. This time, however, the green motif appears in the form of colored back-lighting. The color motif recalls earlier scenes that suggest Madeleine's immortality (the everlasting nature of the evergreens, etc.), and this scene also anticipates Madeleine's "reincarnation," the scene when Judy steps out of the bathroom into a green haze appearing (costume, makeup, etc.) exactly as Madeleine used to look.

Profile motif in Vertigo 5

This is the last instance of the profile framing and staging motif.

from Vertigo (1958)
Creator: Alfred Hitchcock
Posted by Brian Davis