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VERTIGO

(1958, Alfred Hitchock) Acrophobic ex-cop James Stewart, hired to shadow seemingly death-obsessed Kim Novak, saves her from drowning in the shadow of the Golden Gate bridge, but not from a fall off a Mission steeple. But then, he meets her again — or does he? Hitchcock shrugged off collaborators’ objections to reveal the solution midway (“Do we want suspense or surprise?”) in what is essentially one of the screen’s most wrenching treatments of loss and – in Mr. Nice Guy Stewart’s tormented performance – of sexual obsession. Recently chosen as the number one film by BFI in their “Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time.” Approx. 128 minutes. DCP.

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“One of the most fantastic film scores ever written.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Submerged in Herrmann's voluptuous chromaticism."
– Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

“How much, indeed, of this film's famous atmosphere is owed to Herrmann? Close your eyes and think of one sequence, and you may well remember Kim Novak's somnambulistic tour of San Francisco, from a chapel to a graveyard to a picture gallery. It is the music as much as the lighting and the filters that gives those scenes their eerie shimmer. None of which is to detract from Hitchcock's glory; he knew the nature of the talent he had engaged, and he created extraordinary opportunities for Herrmann to make his mark. Vertigo is a symphony for film and orchestra."
– Alex Ross, The New York Times
Click here to read the full essay.

“Over time, Vertigo, the greatest sexual suspense drama ever made, has come to be regarded by many Hitchcock admirers as his most accomplished film. It is certainly his most forlorn, and easily his most mesmerizing.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

“An altogether deeper investigation of guilt, exploitation, and obsession. The director at the very height of his powers.”
Time Out (London)

“A ravishingly beautiful hallucinatory nightmare.”
– David Denby, The New Yorker

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