The movie starts with the Scottie’s disease. After seeing a man’s falling from the deck, he suffers from Vertigo. Since Vertigo doesn’t allow him to contain his job as a detective, he suddenly becomes available to anything. He gets a job offer from his old friend Gavin, even he doesn’t believe the ghost story at the beginning, he, at some level, associate himself with Madeleine and starts to follow her. When we first saw her, that our mind already expects someone mysterious, music leads us to their table, and Madeleine is so charming with her vulnerability. Then we start to chase her with Scottie. She becomes more and more desirable.
In the chasing scenes, there are no conversations, only the music that makes it so beautiful. After we found out about her story, Scottie wants some logical explanation, so do we. We hope that he find it. However, at the end of the movie, when at very end it is all logically explained to us, we are shocked and this time Scottie, and us, don’t want that explanation. Madeleine’s dreams about the corridor and the darkness, she becomes more and more close to the death. They wonder together in the sequoia trees, making a contrast with death and immortality. After they live their peak romance by the waves. Finally, they arrived to the tower. At that point, Madeleine spokes for both Madeleine and Judy. The fabricated Madeleine is torn apart with inner reality. When she says ‘’ it is too late, there is something I have to do’’ at 1.14.05, is she saying that as Madeleine or Judy? Is she really fell in love with Scottie and didn’t want to leave him? Scottie isn’t able to pursue her due to vertigo, and the music is spiral that makes the turning feeling. This theme associated with the chasing and the vertigo. Then, she jumps from the tower. This is the second traumatic event for the Scottie, for the second time he chases someone but couldn’t prevent the death. After this event, he is treated in the institution, but even after that, we saw him as a troubled mind. He goes to the same places, finding her car, he is searching her, he mistakes other woman for Madeleine. As an audience, we pity him that he is not capable of let her go. And when he founds Judy, we are not sure if he really finds her, or is he torturing both himself and her. Also, as an audience, we wonder what this movie is all about? She died, but we continue to watch, so is it about the Scottie’s suffering and effort to find her in someone else? Will he stock to other girls? However, at 1.37.46 I understand that something is different, because for the first time, Scottie closed the door, and I am alone with the girl. I switched into the Judy’s point of view. So, she should be Madeleine. And about 10 seconds later, I really understand she is Madeleine. Then, there is a sudden flashback that explains everything very quickly. At this point, every possible ending is vanished, and I hear the new music.
When we see her, we understand that she played the role Madeleine very successfully, because she is so different. Her looks, her character, her walk, everything is different than Madeline. After we are met with Judy, I understand she is a happy, perky person. Then how she played Madeleine so perfectly? Madeleine was her potential, maybe she is vulnerable inside, as we observe while Scottie tries to change her, she just choose to be happy. Actually, Scottie didn’t want to find Madeleine as a person, he wants to possess her within the same conditions, with same vulnerability. Here there is Judy in front of him, but he still looks to the woman with Madeleine’s style. When he started to change her, she resists. She resists to become Madeleine, she want to be herself, but Scottie never hesitates even a moment. As an audience, I become strange to Scottie, although he is the victim, he doesn’t know he is the victim and he tries to use Judy to replicate Madeleine. Scottie says twice ‘’It can’t matter to you’’, he can’t even think that she has separate feelings or she is a different person. He obsessed with Madeleine.
Finally, our theme music appears on the make-up scene. This is the transaction that Judy sacrifices herself to become Madeleine, to live in a play for rest of her life. She resists keeping one thing for herself; her hair, but Scottie doesn’t let her. She becomes Madeleine, and she changed, she suppress her Judy character inside and becomes Madeleine. The music is so soft and romantic, it is like they miss each other, although they are together. And Scottie finally return to the past, finally bring her Eurydice back. As they kiss, we heard the ‘’Scene d’amour’’ melody which is, in my opinion, is very similar to Wagner’s ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’. Tristan und Isolde believes they can only love each other when they are died. Scottie also will never be able to love Madeleine again, as he did. Also, in the harmonic structure of the peace, there are resembles to Bizet’s opera Carmen’s famous aria ‘’La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée’’. The plot of this opera is appropriate since Don Jose loves Carmen so much; at the end he kills Carmen due to his jealousy. However, whether Herrmann make the resemble intentionally or it is a coincidence, we do not know.
However, this is not an end either. Then, Scottie understands the events. He understands everything. He returns to the tower. Why? He could of force Judy at the hotel to tell the truth, but he wants it to be striking. Although he learns to truth, he still calls him Madeleine. He was so obsessive he would understand that she is not Madeleine anyway. Judy tries to convince him, this time it’s Scottie’s time to say ‘’too late’’. He finally understands that Madeleine is gone, and there is no turning her back. While they are kissing we hear are main music motive, we hear that before while they kissing also, but this time music stops early, Madeleine falls and then music continues. Because Scottie couldn’t love her that way, but now that she completed her Madeleine role by dying, he could love her.