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Vertigo

Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock‘s finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D’entre les morts weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. It opens as Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) realizes he has vertigo, a condition resulting in a fear of heights, when a police officer is killed trying to rescue him from falling off a building. Scottie then retires from his position as a private investigator, only to be lured into another case by his old college friend, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore). Elster’s wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), has been possessed by a spirit, and Elster wants Scottie to follow her. He hesitantly agrees, and thus begins the film’s wordless montage as Scottie follows the beautiful yet enigmatic Madeleine through 1950s San Francisco (accompanied by Bernard Herrmann’s hypnotic score). After saving her from suicide, Scottie begins to fall in love with her, and she appears to feel the same way. Here tragedy strikes, and each twist in the movie’s second half changes our preconceptions about the characters and events. In 1996 a new print of Vertigo was released, restoring the original grandeur of the colors and the San Francisco backdrop, as well as digitally enhancing the soundtrack.

1958. 128 minutes. Rated PG.


After the film we will walk to a local establishment for drinks and conversation.


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  • Scott

    A classic film for good reason. I really enjoy the acting and plot twists. Our conversation at Seva afterward was great. Nice to see new faces and those we haven't seen in awhile.

    June 23, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Where are you all after the movie?

    June 23, 2013

  • Dennis

    Good movie! One of my faves.

    June 23, 2013

  • Allen S.

    Hate to miss anything by Hitch but something came up...

    June 23, 2013

  • Kim

    Wish i could go. I have plans in Toledo. Bummer.

    June 22, 2013

  • James S.

    I'll be post call, but will try and make it...

    June 21, 2013

  • Frank K.

    helping someone move instead... sigh

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Scott, Anxious to come back to the group and see everyone again!

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bummed I can't go, this is one of my favorite films!

    June 9, 2013

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