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Archived: Vertigo (1958)

director: Alfred Hitchcock

composer: Bernard Herrmann
With: James Stewart, Kim Novak, a.o.

duration: 128 minutes
Mystery, Thriller


"Suspended San Francisco detective "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) becomes obsessed with Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak), a troubled woman he is privately hired to follow. Tragedy ensues, and when Ferguson later stumbles upon Judy Barton (Kim Novak), a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine, his obsession spirals out of control." (Fandango)

"After half a century of monopolising the top spot, 'Citizen Kane' was beginning to look smugly inviolable. Call it Schadenfreude, but let's rejoice that this now conventional and ritualised symbol of 'the greatest' has finally been taken down a peg. The accession of 'Vertigo' is hardly in the nature of a coup d'état. Tying for 11th place in 1972, Hitchcock's masterpiece steadily inched up the poll over the next three decades, and by 2002 was clearly the heir apparent." (Sight & Sound)

"In 2012, 'Vertigo' was voted number 1 on Sight & Sound's list of the top ten films of all time. "A mesmeric plunge into a vortex of time, memory and obsession, 'Vertigo' is one of the landmarks - not merely of the movies, but of twentieth-century art." (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader) 


director: Alfred Hitchcock
composer: Bernard Herrmann
producer: Alfred Hitchcock
screenplay: Samuel Taylor, Alec Coppel
Editor: George Tomasini
Cinematography: Robert Burks

production company: Paramount Pictures

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dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch subt.
country: United States of America
year: 1958


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format: DCP
frame: 1:1,85


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