--- "Greatest Film of All Time"* ---
--- Special 70mm Presentation ---
Vertigo (1958) is a psychological thriller starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes; and is directed by Alfred Hitchcock. James Stewart plays a police detective who finds himself in early retirement after his crippling acrophobia contributes to the the death of a fellow police officer. The retirement does not last long as he asked to trail an acquaintance's troubled wife (Novak). San Francisco of the 1950s is beautifully captured in glorious Technicolor and a wonderfully moody score is supplied by Bernard Hermann.
Although the film received somewhat mixed reviews back in 1958, in the past few decades it has been steadily increasing in rank amongst the greatest films of all time. Every ten years the British Film Institute's magazine Sight & Sound polls a large cross section of movie critics to compile a list of the greatest film of all time and the 2012 poll had Vertigo at number one on the list (Citizen Kane, which is now number two, had held the number one spot since 1962). Since 1992, Sight & Sound has also been conducting a poll of movie directors as well, and in 2012 they had Vertigo at #7 on their list. The American Film Institute has Vertigo listed as #9 on the their most recent top 100 list (2007). The AFI also ranks the score as the 12th best of all time.
We will meet in the area just left of the main floor ticket booth between 2:50 and 3:00pm. (this might change if this space is being used for a special event - re-check these notes a day or two before the meetup for last minute changes to the meeting spot). The meetup organizer (Mark) will be easy to spot - just look for someone with black hair, white jeans, and a blue and white messenger bag. At 3:00pm we will head to the theatre and attempt to get a group of seats together. The movie starts at 3:20pm. As there might be a line for getting tickets you may want to take advantage of getting your tickets ahead of time - visit the TIFF.net page for Vertigo to buy your tickets online ($1 surcharge per ticket) or visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox (10am-10pm daily) before March 10th to buy your ticket (and avoid the surcharge). This film is being presented in a new 70mm print, and as such TIFF does charge extra for 70mm presentations: adult tickets are $16 and students and seniors (65+) are $12.75. If you become a TIFF member you can get 25% off the ticket prices (adults $12, s/s $9.50).
Please note: this meetup is the second of two movie meetups (at two different theatres) we have scheduled for March 10th. As I will be rushing from the Yonge and Dundas Cineplex's showing of Funny Face there is a slight chance that I might be a few minutes late, but I should definitely be there by 3:00pm.
After the movie I hope everyone will be interested in going to Marché (at Brookfield Place) for a bite or a drink. From the theatre it is only about a five minute walk via the underground PATH system. Marché offers many food options and with their unique card system we will all have separate bills and not have to worry about splitting the bill - so you can get as little or as much as you like. As Marché is providing the space for us to use we do ask that each member purchases at least one item (even just a drink).
* according to the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll