Vertigo (PG)

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Time Out says

Brilliant but despicably cynical view of human obsession and the tendency of those in love to try to manipulate each other. Stewart is excellent as the neurotic detective employed by an old pal to trail his wandering wife, only to fall for her himself and then crack up when she commits suicide. Then one day he sees a woman in the street who reminds him of the woman who haunts him... Hitchcock gives the game away about halfway through the movie, and focuses on Stewart's strained psychological stability; the result inevitably involves a lessening of suspense, but allows for an altogether deeper investigation of guilt, exploitation, and obsession. The bleakness is perhaps a little hard to swallow, but there's no denying that this is the director at the very peak of his powers, while Novak is a revelation. Slow but totally compelling.
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PG

UK release:

1958

Duration:

128 mins

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Timothy Chilvers

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Direction and the male lead in this film are fantastic. Despite the ending being made fairly obvious, and the Evil Monologue, the acting surpasses the flaws.

Kevin

Went to see this at Tyneside Cinema recently. Ruined by the quality of the print. So hazy you could not even make out people's faces. Complained by e-mail about this to the Tyneside Cinema, guess what! Not heard back.

MikeT

I'm with "neon messiah" on this one. I like Hitchcock films, but I wouldn't give this 5 stars. I saw "Vertigo" at BFI - interestingly the flyer they give out giving background to the film was written by a film lecturer who said he wasn't overly impressed with the film the first time he saw it. Doesn't cut the mustard compared to modern thrillers, but good to see nonetheless.

neon messiah

A case of the emperor's new clothes I'm afraid. Interesting in parts but highly overrated movie and a terrible ham fisted ending.

Ghidera

The first film in what is perhaps the greatest trilogy of all time. A masterpiece.

Ghidera

The first film in what is perhaps the greatest trilogy of all time. A masterpiece.

John

The first time I saw this film I didn't like it at all. It seemed over-extended and akward in conception. Now I think it must be the best Hollywood film of the high cold war period. Noirish vision has been replaced by a slightly numbing order of prosperity and chilly natural and urban beauty. 'Crime' is denuded of any degrading detail. Intent is completely mute and obsession seems more real because its so matter of fact. For me, somehow Vertigo reflects American confidence and determination while plumbing its darker contradictions creating a world where everone and everything is suspect. Kim Novaks' performance is pure visual metaphor -- a once in a lifetime role, like Louise Brooks as Lulu in Pandora's Box.

John

The first time I saw this film I didn't like it at all. It seemed over-extended and akward in conception. Now I think it must be the best Hollywood film of the high cold war period. Noirish vision has been replaced by a slightly numbing order of prosperity and chilly natural and urban beauty. 'Crime' is denuded of any degrading detail. Intent is completely mute and obsession seems more real because its so matter of fact. For me, somehow Vertigo reflects American confidence and determination while plumbing its darker contradictions creating a world where everone and everything is suspect. Kim Novaks' performance is pure visual metaphor -- a once in a lifetime role, like Louise Brooks as Lulu in Pandora's Box.

benjamin ross

a fascinating film, lots going on. some say hitchcock's best tho i prefer psycho. anyway, if u haven't seen this one i wud highly recommend u do

Magmabulle

A fascinating study of human obsession. I completely agree with Time Out, it does lose it´s intensity, but keeps the viewer interested.

Magmabulle

A fascinating study of human obsession. I completely agree with Time Out, it does lose it´s intensity, but keeps the viewer interested.