Sunday, May 23, 2010

61. May 22, 2010 - Vertigo (1958)

This is one of Hitchcock's most well-known films and also has one of the strangest plots. It all makes sense in the end, but to get there, the audience has to sort through disturbed dead relatives, mistaken identities, possible possessions and obsessions. Kim Novak is great as the disturbed wife and the stranger who looks like her, though if she's supposed to be the great-granddaughter of someone named Carlotta Valdez, they have wanted to go with someone not so platinum blonde. I really love the vertigo camera trick that makes the alley or the bottom of the stairwell look like it just dropped another fifty feet. Poor Jimmy Stewart - that would freak anyone out!
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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