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Profile motif in Vertigo

by Brian Davis

This is the first deployment of the profile framing and staging motif in Vertigo. In this scene at Ernie's restaurant, Scottie has his first encounter with "Madeleine." Notice the elaborate tracking shot, the eye-line match, and the eventual profile shot about half way through the clip. One will also notice the change in lighting that occurs behind Madeleine, signifying his special vision of her.

Profile motif in Vertigo 1

This is the first deployment of the profile framing and staging motif in Vertigo.

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