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Vertigo [Paperback]

Boileau & Narcejac

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Dec 31 1969 NFT/BFI Film Classics
No longer with the police for reasons he did not care to remember, Flavieres was not a man to be surprised by little side-slips of human conduct. So, when his old friend Paul Gevigne wanted him to keep an eye on his wife, Flavieres thought the reasons were pretty obvious.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Distribution Limited (Dec 31 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747531870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747531876
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #880,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Story July 12 2011
By Tom S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Vertigo (Universal Legacy Series) is my favorite Hitchcock film, and one of my favorite films, period. I watched it again recently, and I was interested to see how the film adaptation compared to the original. So I looked on Amazon and found a used copy of a British edition of the novel, and it's fascinating.

French writers Thomas Narcejac and Pierre Boileau wrote several mysteries together back in the 1950s, and two of them became famous movies, DIABOLIQUE and VERTIGO. They specialized in twisty plots and surprise endings, with morally ambiguous characters and lots of mood and atmosphere. The original novel of VERTIGO, D'ENTRE LES MORTES (From Among the Dead), is set in Paris, not San Francisco, and the surprise ending is quite different from Hitchcock's. It's actually a better ending, but the film censors in the '50s would never have allowed Hitchcock to use it. It's interesting to note all the ways the original and the film compare and contrast. If you're a Hitchcock fan like me, find a copy of the novel and see for yourself. It's excellent.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Twists and Turns Sept. 16 2007
By Kenneth P. Raftery - Published on Amazon.com
Whenever I see a film that I really enjoy, I immediately want to read the book. My library had a copy of this book, and I just finished reading it. While some parts are on the slow side, it really is a great read. In fact, the book is probably even better if you don't know the plot through the film. There are several differences between the film and book. The book is set in France, and the ending of the book differs just a bit.
Give the authors of the book credit- while the film is wonderful due to the performances and direction, you can't discount how clever the plot is. It's a shame that this book is not more widely available.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vertigo Fan March 13 2013
By Theater gal - Published on Amazon.com
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I was thrilled to get this book. I am a HUGE fan of the film and have looked for it for years. The book arrived covered in plastic and hard bound. It was a new book in perfect condition. I would definitely recommend it for any collector.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of "Vertigo" Feb. 8 2011
By Toby Martin II (aka R. Howe) - Published on Amazon.com
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While having been changed substanially in the screenplay for Hitchcock's classic VERTIGO, it was nonetheless interesting and enlightening to finally have an opportunity to read "The Living and the Dead"... the book which was the inspiration for the masterful film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vertigo, orignal book Oct. 3 2010
By Howard E. Borck - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the English translation of the French book that Hitchcock's movie is based on. Great book. Although book has no reference to movie, if you love this film, the book will enhance and provide background information not found in the film. A man possessed with an illusion (or delusion if you will) chasing after romance...fixated, addictive when madly in love. Until recently this book was very difficult to obtain except in 1950s paperback edition which was usually damaged and frail.

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