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Vertigo and Fear of Heights

"Vertigo" is often used (incorrectly) to describe a fear of heights, but it is more accurately a spinning sensation that occurs when one is not actually spinning. Fear of heights is actually called acrophobia.

The Vertigo motif in Hitchcock refers to falling from a great height og fear of doing so. This motif is related to the high angle shots in various degrees.

Norman Lloyd as the villain Frank Fry in Saboteur. "If we'd had the hero instead of the villain hanging in mid-air, the audience's anguish would have been much greater." (Hitchcock to Truffaut)

Cary Grant at the precipice in North by Northwest.

Fear of heights in Foreign Correspondent

Joel McCrea (Johnny Jones or: "Huntley Haverstock") on the windmill.

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