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Sight and Sound: Vertigo (1958)

Sight and Sound: #1s
A former San Francisco police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with the hauntingly beautiful woman he has been hired to trail, who may be deeply disturbed. (PG, 128 min.)


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Sight and Sound: #1s
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Synopsis: Hitchcock's romantic story of obsession, manipulation and fear. A detective is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow officer and the girl he was hired to follow. He sees a double of the girl, causing him to transform her image onto the dead girl's body. This leads into a cycle of madness and lies. [RT]

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

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"Do yourself an aesthetic favor: Take the plunge"

— Desson Thomson, Washington Post

"From a craft standpoint, Vertigo represents the director in peak form."

— James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"One of the landmarks -- not merely of the movies, but of 20th-century art."

— Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' is an artistic triumph for the master of mystery."

— Wanda Hale, New York Daily News

"Combines in an almost unique balance Hitchcock's brash flair for psychological shocks with his elegant genius for dapper stylishness."

— Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"Alfred Hitchcock tops his own fabulous record for suspense with Vertigo, a super-tale of murder, madness and mysticism that stars James Stewart and Kim Novak."

— Jack Moffitt, Hollywood Reporter

"The lure of death, the power of the past, the guilty complicity of a clean-cut hero, the near-fetishistic use of symbol and color: these Hitchcock hallmarks are all mesmerizingly on view."

— Janet Maslin, New York Times