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Mental Illness: Major Films  
TitleVertigo (1958)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental illness Compulsion
CountryUSA
Length128
GenreThriller?
Rating5
DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
CastJames Stewart Kim Novak Barbara Bel Geddes Tom Helmore
NotesI won't say much about this film. There are plenty of essays on it to be found. And being a classic it should be easy to get hold of. I wasn't initially going to include it but as a study of what I think is called obsessive compulsion disorder, it's a paradigm. Something similar runs through other Hitchcock films, for example, "Rear Window" and "Marnie" . As one of the best of his films it bears repeated viewing and is the film which is perhaps the quintessence of the pathological strand running through Hitchcock's work. "Rear Window" and "Marnie" are in this list. Plenty of criticism on Hitchcock at the excellent MacGuffin site http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~muffin/

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