“Vertigo wasn't the only 1957 movie to star Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak: After filming for Hitchcock, they reteamed for the perpetually underrated Richard Quine in this charming comic romance. Novak again casts a spell on Stewart, although this time literally—she plays a witch. It offers the rare opportunity to look at the chemistry between these two stars from a whole new perspective.”
When Alfred Hitchcock’s 1957 masterpiece Vertigo dethroned Citizen Kane as the best film of all time in the most recent edition of Sight & Sound’s once-a-decade poll, the news didn’t come as a surprise. Although considered a misfire on its initial release, Vertigo has since come to exert a hypnotic hold over filmmakers and audiences alike, and its grip only seems to be growing stronger. As IFC Center’s C. Mason Wells put it in Time Out New York’s most recent issue, “Vertigo never fully reveals its mysteries and seems to dematerialize once you think you’ve finally got your arms around it. It’s maddening and keeps crazy people like me coming back for more.”
Wells has teamed up with BAM to co-curate “The Vertigo Effect,” an unprecedented retrospective that explores the legacy of Hitchcock’s classic through the medium it helped define. Running Fri 16–Apr 30 at BAM, the series is stuffed with an overwhelming number of great films. To help make the most of the next two weeks, we asked Wells to pick his ten favorite titles and explain their connection to Hitchcock’s dizzyingly dense classic.
Visit BAM’s site for more info.