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Vertigo - Elster's Office

by Michelle Langford

Here is a short clip from the scene in Gavin Elster's office which presents the set-up for the entire film. Notice how Hitchcock chooses certain camera angles, framing and character blocking to set up an implicit power relationship between the characters. You might also consider the miss en scene of Elster's office (and the scene beyond framed by the large picture window behind the desk) to be providing a lot of information about Elster.

Vertigo - Elster's Office

This is the scene in Elster's office where Scottie becomes entrapped in Elster's scheme.

from Vertigo (1958)
Creator: Alfred Hitchcock
Distributor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Posted by Michelle Langford