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Member Picks: Vertigo (1958)



A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
June's pick was made by moxie members Lucie & Richard Amberg

(PG, 128 min.)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

7:00 PM

Member Picks showcases the movies that inspired the Moxie’s biggest supporters.
Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
June's pick was made by moxie members Lucie & Richard Amberg

Summary: Vertigo creates a dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion and murder after an acrophobic detective rescues a mysterious blonde from the bay. (Universal Pictures)

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre(s): Mystery, Romance, Thrille



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"An artistic triumph for the master of mystery."

— Wanda Hale, New York Daily

"Without question. Vertigo is one of the best movies ever made by one of the best directors. [7 Dec 1996]"

— Harper Barnes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The greatest sexual suspense drama ever made has come to be regarded by many Hitchcock admirers as his most accomplished film. It is certainly his most forlorn, and easily his most mesmerizing."

— Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

"The real force of Vertigo, though, comes from Hitchcock's intimate depiction of perversity. Seldom has obsession stood so nakedly revealed. [15 Nov 1996]"

— Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

"An audacious, brilliantly twisted movie, infused with touches of genius and of madness. A disturbing meditation on the interconnected nature of love and obsession disguised as a penny dreadful shocker. [13 Oct 1996]"

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"This dizzyingly intricate film reveals new facets each time you see it. We leave Vertigo unsettled, like Scottie, who ends up on the edge of a precipice. 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

"Robert Burks' cinematography is outstanding, and composer Bernard Herrmann supplies one of his strongest, spookiest scores... A major influence on the movies and movie-making style of Brian De Palma (among many, many others), Vertigo has a dreamlike eeriness and a climax that is, well, downright dizzying. [29 Nov 1996]"

— Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Profound, penetrating and unfathomable rather than (quite) perfectly formed art. Vertigo pioneered that camera effect, known as the dolly zoom, whereby the viewer (the point of view is always Stewart’s) appears to fall into an infinite abyss while remaining quite still...The film itself is that abyss, and we’re still falling into it and for it."

— Tim Robey, The Telegraph