Vertigo 1958 PG

8.30PM Fri 31 Aug 2018 (2hrs 8mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

'A radical meditation on man's (or, more precisely, men's) obsession with illusion,Vertigo  reflects back on itself as cinema, and as a sadly ironic view of romantic love in the fifties. James Stewart was never less "romantic" than in this film; his urgency is frightening and compelling. Kim Novak knowingly portrays the two faces of woman, icon and victim (with a beautiful turn on the movie standard—she's a smart blonde, a dumb and manipulated brunette). Formally, and in its deeply felt expression of the ultimate love triangle—man, woman, and death—this is Hitchcock's most poetic film. As Marilyn Fabe wrote, "The hero's simultaneous desire and dread are given brilliant and haunting visual expression through the ambivalent camera movements—especially the combination of forward zooms and reverse tracking shots."' BAMPFA

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 129 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: DANIEL MCCAULEY / PRODUCERS: ALFRED HITCHCOCK, HERBERT COLEMAN / SCRIPT: ALEC COPPEL, SAMUEL TAYLOR / BASED ON THE NOVEL BY 'D'ENTRE LES MORTS' (1954) BY PIERRE BOILEAU AND THOMAS NARCEJAC / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ROBERT BURKS / EDITOR: GEORGE TOMASINI / PRODUCTION DESIGNERS: HENRY BUMSTEAD, HAL PEREIRA / MUSIC: BERNARD HERRMANN / COSTUME DESIGNER: EDITH HEAD / CAST: JAMES STEWART, KIM NOVAK, BARBARA BEL GEDDES, TOM HELMORE / PRODUCTION CO: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / PRINTS/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP