Hitchcock’s Vertigo is one of the most studied and written about films in the history of Cinema. Shot in San Francisco, Vertigo is a film about … film itself. In particular, it is a film about looking, gender, history, time, memory, trauma … In many ways, Vertigo is a film about the abstraction of the image itself. To me, more than anything else, Vertigo is a film about falling and failing. And this too illuminates our relations to cinema and to the constructions of gender.
Here are some online links to studies of Vertigo from “Film Studies for Free”