New site sees double as it looks at Vertigo after it’s spin on La Jetee.
From the article:
The character arc of Madeleine Elster is ostensibly over in the film, and it is when (soon after) we meet the different character of Judy Barton (also played by Kim Novak). Madeleine was a suave, sophisticated socialite, Judy is comparatively more crude, unsophisticated. It is here that Vertigo gets into very interesting psychological territory. What are we the audience to make of this, the dual character switch? Hitchcock gives away part of the answer early, which builds Vertigo’s tension exquisitely. Still, the effects of the character switch (this “doppelganger” dynamic) are something, and say quite a bit about how we the audience see Scottie’s reality and how he constructed it. We learn that Madeleine Elster was a lie, a waif, a shadow of a woman, and never really real. Scottie merely saw what he wanted to see in her, his archetypal woman, and constructed his reality around her (the way we the audience with the help of the filmmaker construct an alternate reality when watching a film).
- via The 405