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Vertigo (1958)

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(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock   Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones
  • Running Time: 128 minutes
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Genre

Drama, Suspense/Thriller

Producer

Herbert Coleman, James C. Katz, Alfred Hitchcock

Release Date

Jan 1, 1958

Release Notes

Limited

Review

It was like the sound of a body dropped from a bell tower hitting the ground, heard the world over. Citizen Kane, for decades reckoned the best film of all time in a Sight & Sound poll of critics, filmmakers, and cinephiles, had been pushed aside in the latest by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. This week, you can see Kane until September 11 at Film Forum, after which the new champ gets a triumphant run. Could these two masterpieces be less similar? Kane is tricky, extroverted, cinematic, and theatrical. Vertigo is turgid, morbidly introspective, brimming with the sort of appearance-versus-reality motifs that are mother’s milk to academics. Both, however, center on lonely menólike the critics who cast most of the S&S votes.