“A ravishingly beautiful hallucinatory nightmare.” – The New Yorker
After an incident in the field, detective John “Scottie” Ferguson (Jimmy Stewart) suffers from acrophobia and vertigo, forcing him to retire. He’s hired as a private investigator to follow a man’s wife, Madeline (Kim Novak playing the archetypical Hitchcock femme fatale), who’s been acting strangely.
Perhaps the most resonant of Hitchcock’s many 1950s masterpieces, “Vertigo” is dark, twisty, and obsessive. Add in stunning widescreen photography, subtle colour, and a sheer-perfection score by Bernard Herrmann—does it get any better than this? (The answer is: no, it does not.)