Director: Alfred Hitchcock Run Time: 128 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1958
Starring: Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Jones, James Stewart, Kim Novak, Tom Helmore
Country: United States
Screening as part of Hitchcocktober 2021
About the film:
Academy Award-nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Sound, with a screenplay from Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor based on the novel “The Living and the Dead” by Boileau-Narcejac. Named the “greatest film of all time” by the British Film Institute.
A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
Famous for the camera trick Hitchcock used to represent the character’s vertigo — a simultaneous zoom-in and pull-back of the camera (or zoom-out and move-in) that creates a disorientating visual effect, called a dolly zoom, or the “vertigo effect.”
With Vertigo, Hitchcock showed future filmmakers that they could express themselves with a camera to make something personal, creating what Martin Scorsese calls, “cinema poetry.”
Vertigo plays as the opener to this year’s Hitchcocktober.See the Hitchcocktober 2021 lineup