Last year, I rented all the Alfred Hitchcock movies available for rental at Blockbuster - Dial M for Murder, The Birds, Vertigo, Rear Window and Spellbound. Of all of them, my favourite was Vertigo. The film received mixed reviews upon initial release but is now cited as a classic Hitchcock film.
Vertigo is a 1958 psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. It is the story of a retired police detective suffering from a fear of heights and who is hired as a private investigator to follow the wife of an acquaintance to uncover the mystery of her peculiar behavior. In the script it says that Madeleine Elster - the character played by Kim Novak - is dressed in grey and white with her pale skin and her blonde hair so that she looks as if she just stepped out of the San Francisco fog.
The costume designer for this movie was Edith Head, a long-time collaborator of Hitchcock. Throughout her career, she was nominated for 35 Academy Awards, including every year from 1948 through 1966, and won eight times – more Oscars than any other woman. I am currently writing a post about her incredible influence on fashion.
If you watched A Single Man by Tom Ford, you are going to notice that the score is very similar to Vertigo.