Friday, July 31, 2009

Getting Dizzy

When I designed my Mad (Wo) Man avatar, put her in a boardroom to make a presentation on lingerie, and quipped about Midge the brassiere illustrator in Hitchcock’s Vertigo, I hadn’t ever seen the Mad Men show, nor did I know anything about it other than that Jon Hamm was the star.

Tonight I watched the first three episodes on DVD and was floored (pun intended) to see that not only its opening credits (the falling man) were borrowed from Vertigo but that Midge also appeared, in name, as a boho illustrator of puppies (often a code word for bosoms). And I suppose that the German analyst in the trim gray skirt suit was just a coincidence.

So tell me, gentle readers, should I begin a psychic network on the side? And oh yes--I both love and loathe the show.


WendyB said...

I'm ashamed to say I haven't WATCHED the show. I know! I know! I have to do it. Don't hate me.

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

There is nothing new under the sun. I am constantly amazed that today's television writers think that no one will notice all the "borrowing" they do from movies, books and classic art. Sly reference, homage, or outright theft? Kudos to you for noticing the Vertigo references.

Sal said...

Hoping that love eclipses loathe eventually. I am so enamored of that show.