Thursday, May 22, 2008
Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo
"The vertigo we understand now is his and all of ours simultaneous attraction to and fear of death."
It's the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, one of my favorite movies of all time. The line above is from Jack Beatty, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly. He's describing the titular emotion experienced by both Hitchcock's main character, played by Jimmy Stewart, and by Hitchcock's audience. You can hear that comment and more great discussion of the movie on this episode of On Point.
Indeed, it's quite an experience to watch this film. It's no ordinary thriller, and it will send your mind and your emotions reeling. I love this movie. It's smart. It's suspenseful. It's erotic. And I don't care how many times you watch it, you won't understand the ending.