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zz18| Vertigo
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1958
Comments:
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay:
Producer:
Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones
Genre: Drama

Running Time: 128
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Universal Studios DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Mar 1998 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.98]
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Reviews:  Although it wasn't a box-office success when originally released in 1958, "Vertigo" has since taken its deserved place as Alfred Hitchcock's greatest, most spellbinding, most deeply personal achievement. In fact, it consistently ranks among the top 10 movies ever made in the once-a-decade "Sight & Sound" international critics poll, placing at number 4 in the 1992 survey. (Universal Pictures' spectacularly gorgeous 1996 restoration and rerelease of this 1958 Paramount production was a tremendous success with the public, too.) James Stewart plays a retired police detective who is hired by an old friend to follow his wife (a superb Kim Novak, in what becomes a double role), whom he suspects of being possessed by the spirit of a dead madwoman. The detective and the disturbed woman fall ("fall" is indeed the operative word) in love and...well, to give away any more of the story would be criminal. Shot around San Francisco (the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of the Legion of Honor are significant locations) and elsewhere in Northern California (the redwoods, Mission San Juan Batista) in rapturous Technicolor, "Vertigo" is as lovely as it is haunting. "--Jim Emerson"


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