ALFRED HITCHCOCK | USA | 1958 | 128 MIN | PG
Critically ignored at the time of its release but now often cited as Alfred Hitchcock’s crowning achievement, VERTIGO is the strange, suspenseful tale of Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart), a former police detective forced into semi-retirement after his fear of heights leads to a deadly accident. Scottie reluctantly agrees to shadow a wealthy man’s young wife, Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak), a beautiful but troubled woman whose tragic family history seems to be drawing her down a similarly grim path. As their paths entangle, Scottie develops and obsession with Madeleine that may prove to be stronger than any other force, including death. 60 years after its release, VERTIGO’s lush, dreamlike imagery and terrifying psychological depths still hold an irresistible pull for film lovers.
Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore
“An artistic triumph for the master of mystery.” –New York Daily News