Vertigo

Cinema

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 1958 | USA | Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes | 122mins | Certificate PG

Recently voted the best film of all time by the British Film Institute, we are delighted to screen Hitchcock’s masterpiece on its 60th anniversary.

An acrophobic detective is hired by an old friend to trail his wife who is behaving suspiciously. After he successfully rescues her from a suicidal leap into the San Francisco Bay, he finds himself becoming obsessed with the beautiful and troubled woman.

Vertigo is widely regarded as not only one of Hitchcock’s best films but one of the greatest films of world cinema. Made at the time when the old studio system was breaking up, it functions both as an embodiment of the supremely seductive visual pleasures that ‘classical Hollywood’ could offer and – with the help of an elaborate plot twist – as a laying bare of their dangerous dark side.

The film’s core is a study in romantic obsession, as James Stewart’s Scottie pursues Madeleine/Judy (Kim Novak) to her death in a remote Californian mission. Novak is ice cool but vulnerable, Stewart – in the darkest role of his career – genial on the surface but damaged within.

Venue

JW3 Cinema
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