Picture from Vertigo
Overall B

John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart), a former police officer who agrees to work as a private detective for a friend (Tom Helmore), finds himself loosing his professional perspective when he begins to fall in love with his client's wife (Kim Novak).

Violence C+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity A
Substance Use C+

Talk to your kids about…

Vertigo

How does John’s obsession with Madeleine affect his judgment on the job? What are the dangers of losing one’s professional distance?

Rather than using a lot of dialogue, Hitchcock often builds tension through music. How can a score influence the audience? In what other ways does the director build suspense between the characters?