Saul Bass's spiral poster design for this classic Alfred Hitchcock film has become synonymous with the film itself. Bass's intention to convey the feeling of vertigo through this design is clearly felt in his simple and stylish design. The image has become one of the most defining images of 20th century cinema.
This is the fourth and final time that James Stewart would work with Alfred Hitchcock, in one of his best loved thrillers. The mood of the film was greatly enhanced by the score, which was written by Bernard Herrmann.
Considered one of his highest achievements, Alfred Hitchcock's dizzying thriller weaves deception, terror, and obsession together in a deadly web of lies, with James Stewart and Kim Novak trapped directly at its center. This downward spiral of events follows Stewart as John "Scottie" Ferguson, a detective with a crippling case of acrophobia, and his emotional freefall after investigating the bizarre behavior of an old college friend's wife, Madeline (Novak). Taking a cue from the title, Saul Bass' spinning imagery makes this poster one of the most iconic illustrations of the genre, jumping to the #3 spot on Premier Magazine's list of "The Best 25 Movie Posters Ever."