The experienced Scottie in front of the fire

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formal aspects of both films play a tremendous importance in aiding the main
characters in divulging the plot. Specifically, the mise-en-scene of Vertigo is displayed very brilliantly in
a way that every scene’s décor is placed there for a reason along with visual
effects. For example, the viewers never experienced Scottie in front of the
fire place even though Madeline was shown in front of one plenty of times. This
symbolizes her sense of danger as a risky character throughout the film
compared to Scottie. There were also numerous occasions in the film when a bell
tower or a church is in the background foreshadowing the end of the film. Similar
backdrops like these paired with the lack of dialogue stresses the importance
of the unseen or unheard in this film. Scenes with absolutely no dialogue and a
dull background like when Scottie was following Madeline in his car only
stresses the significance of the themes like obsession and the illusion Scottie
is caught in. This idea of “pure cinema,” as some critics call it, also
exaggerates the skewed camera angles Hitchcock uses. He is known for his
extremely high camera angles followed by a long single shot strengthen this
illusion, like the ones used during Madeline’s death. For Alfred Hitchcock,
this is his signature representing a major turning point in many of his films. Combining
each of these aspects creates a full meaning of how the viewers should feel during
each scene influencing every other scene after that as well.