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8.8
/10
22,797 Ratings

Vertigo

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1958
Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Synopsis

In San Francisco, an ex-police officer who suffers from an intense fear of heights rescues a mysterious blonde from the bay and must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future. The pair become trapped in a dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion and murder.

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Vertigo Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1959 | 2 nominations including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White or Color

James Stewart is the embodiment of the anti-hero – as he already was in Rear Window (1954) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) – and he finds himself falling for Kim Novak as the archetype of the femme fatale. But what makes Vertigo different is how this love affair exposes the weaknesses and failings of these two people – to the point that everyone can identify with it. That’s the power of love according to Hitch.
July 20, 2015
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Dive (or fall) deeper into Vertigo and it’s clear the reasons for the film’s enduring influence extend far beyond its ample surface pleasures. Hitchcock counted this as the most personal of his works, and it plays as a self-lacerating roman à clef, a deeply felt dramatization of the dark side of his filmmaking practice—the voyeuristic concerns of Rear Window (1954) pushed to their extreme.
April 08, 2015
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[Watching the film is] a vertiginous experience, a descent into a maelstrom of conflicting responses, a dizzying flight through mental space in which you reach out for touchstones like positive and negative, healthy and sick (Hitchcock’s vision, after all, is profoundly moral), and at the same time realize the uselessness of all such labels outside a normal frame of reference.
June 10, 1971

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