Vertigo

Topping Sight & Sound’s most recent critics’ poll of the 50 greatest films of all time, this 1958 psychological thriller was considered a critical and box office failure in its initial release. Hitchcock casts Jimmy Stewart against type as a traumatized, former San Francisco cop turned gumshoe whose chance encounter with a mysterious woman (Kim Novak) spins him into a world of mystery and obsession, forcing him to grapple with both unchecked desire and a yearning for complete control over her. Vertigo is a Technicolor nightmare, imbued with dark implications and a riddle that only grows with each subsequent viewing. As an artifact of 20th-century filmmaking, the film is unparalleled in its depiction of erotic fixation, relentless in its pessimism, and completely devoid of redemption for the characters contained within it. “Hitchcock is daring us to leap. He has prepared the ultimate fix for a cinema junkie: a movie to get lost in.“—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

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Other Films by Alfred Hitchcock

Rear Window

One of the most famous procedural thrillers in film history and routinely voted amongst the greatest films ever produced, Rear Window came relatively early in a long string of masterpieces from Hitchcock that all delve deeply into the American consciousness. L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies (James Stewart) is a New York magazine photographer who spends most of

Easy Virtue

Hitch’s “wrong man” theme finds early expression in this tale of a young woman divorced by her husband after being wrongfully accused of adultery.

The Manxman

In one of the best works of Hitch’s early career, two boyhood friends—one a lawyer, the other a fisherman—are torn apart when they discover they are in love with the same woman.

The Pleasure Garden

Hitchcock’s first film, shot in Germany and on location in Italy at Lake Como, is set in the world of seedy London nightclubs. Two young dancers, one celebrated, the other finding her way, take intertwined paths to romantic tragedy. The first of several Hitchcock films about women putting faith in men they don’t really know—to

Champagne

CHAMPAGNE stars the bubbly Betty Balfour as a frivolous flapper whose millionaire father looks to teach her a lesson in frugality by letting her think he’s gone bankrupt. The movie brims with sight gags, with a swaying camera mimicking the roll of an ocean liner to generate several humorously queasy moments. But the comedy also