Study Guide

Vertigo Setting

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San Francisco, California, and the Mission of San Juan Bautista

Did you leave your heart in San Francisco? Want to take a tour of Vertigo's shooting locations? No problem.

Foggy, beautiful San Francisco is a perfect setting for a mysterious film about love and death. It has dramatic bridges, steep and winding streets (acrophobic Scottie lives near the steepest of all), it's loaded with history, and it's surrounded by dramatic natural landscapes. The Mission San Juan Bautista, evoking themes of death and the past, is the setting of the film's two pivotal scenes.

It's a photogenic backdrop for Vertigo—kind of like Kim Novak.

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