Daily Dose #15: Lissajous Figures (Title Design Sequence from Vertigo) in The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock Posted August 1, 2017 From these opening credits, with the view of a woman, then close-up of her eye, then going into the surreal look with the wash of red color, the "shocked" look in her eye, and then the spirals coming from it, combined with the haunting, mesmerizing score, I would think this is a movie about a fearful woman who is haunted or psychotic and undergoes hypnosis or has hallucinations. The single most powerful image for me is when the eye (already colored red) opens to look "shocked" and then the spirals start coming from it. I can't seem to get that image out of my head -- those spirals coming out of the eye (with that hypnotic, spiraling music playing)!! The images and music are perfectly coordinated. They are both edgy, uneasy, creepy, menacing, haunting, and mesmerizing! I can't imagine this sequence working without the two working together. Note: After the spirals, when the next images appear, does anyone else think about the Spirograph they played with as a kid? Those images actually reduce the effect for me (away from creepy, menacing, and fearful) because I enjoyed drawing and coloring with that Spirograph and it wasn't the least bit scary. When they move away from the circular Spirograph-looking designs to the more irregularly shaped designs, combined with Herrmann's brilliant score, it turns more creepy and haunting again. To add on, I actually interpreted it as the woman being manipulative and causing fear in others using hypnosis rather than her being the fearful one.