Vertigo - Before You Watch: Discussion Questions

Discuss these questions with your group:

  1. Do you have any phobias? Do you know anyone with phobias? How do these phobias effect them?
  2. What is vertigo? Have you ever experienced vertigo? What does it feel like?
  3. This film is based on a novel called D'Entre les Morts (literally From Amongst the Dead). Do you believe in ghosts or spirits? Could someone out of the past--someone who is dead--return and take possession of someone who is alive? How would you respond if you thought that this had happened?
  4. Have you ever experienced deja-vu?
  5. What's the difference between love and obsession? What behaviors characterize each?
  6. What were the roles of men and women like in the US during the 1950s?

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