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Vertigo - Carlotta's Portrait

by Paul Cote

Here, we have an instance of a longer theme in Herrmanns' Vertigo, this time for Carlotta, the woman said to suggest Madeline.  In reality, however, the theme represents Scottie's own growing infatuation with Madeline, and it serves as a textbook example of psychological scoring - using music to illustrate a character's internal psyche.  

Vertigo - Carlotta's Portrait

This scene contains an example of Herrmann's "Carlotta" theme in the film, Vertigo.

from Vertigo (1958)
Creator: Alfred Hitchcock
Distributor: Universal
Posted by Paul Cote