On March 23rd,Vertigo will be introduced by leading Hitchcock expert Prof. Charles Barr
Vertigo famously overtook Citizen Kane at the head of the latest Top Ten poll of nearly a thousand critics across the globe. Made at the time when the old studio system was breaking up, it functions both as an embodiment of the supremely seductive visual pleasures which ‘classical Hollywood’ could offer – glamour, female beauty, lavish settings, mystery and romance – and, with the help of an elaborate plot twist, as a laying bare of their dangerous dark side. It thus stands to Hitchcock (and Stewart) rather as The Searchers – another prominent Top Ten film, exploiting the same handsome ‘50s VistaVision process – does to John Ford (and John Wayne).
It’s impossible not to be drawn into Stewart’s fascinated visual exploration, as in Rear Window, of the film’s world, nor to be profoundly shocked by what this leads him into.
Tickets for 70mm screenings are priced at €12 non-members / €10 members.
This event is part of The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock: Part Four, the final part of our complete retrospective of Hitchcock’s 52 surviving films (March 2nd – 31st).