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Hitchcock’s heady blend of psychological suspense, crime mystery and cruel romance, back on the big screen.

Image from Vertigo

USA 1958
Dir Alfred Hitchcock
With James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Certificate PG
Courtesy of Park Circus

When San Francisco detective Scottie (Stewart), convalescing after a traumatic fall, is hired by an old friend to follow his wife Madeleine (Novak) on her trips around the city, he’s soon captivated by the woman’s enigmatic allure. Then the unthinkable happens... A wry exploration of the links between idealistic love, erotic fantasy, anguished guilt and exploitative manipulation, this is at once Hitchcock’s most disenchanted account of male-female relationships, and one of his most formally audacious films. Robert Burks’ lustrous camerawork, Bernard Herrmann’s poignant score and the memorably intense performances create an unsettling mood, suggestive of a strange, waking nightmare.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

Also available on BFI Player.

Joint ticket available with Vertiginous Fri 13 Jul 19:00 Blue Room, £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less).


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