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Literature Film Quarterly (1986) - "Vertigo" as Orphic Tragedy




By allowing the audience to feel the presence of Scottie as an isolated, godlike (and rather dangerous, in the manner of quite a number of Hitchcock's male leads) egotist thriving on the sacrifice of human lives in order to guarantee the illusion of his own immortality, Hitchcock maintains, through the equivocal good/evil nature of his hero, the essential multivalency of mythic symbolism, a multivalency that can be felt on almost every level of the cinematic style as well.