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Vertigo at the Hollywood Theater

7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 22
Members get in FREE for this screening of
Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 suspense classic
starring Jimmy Stewart.

Dismissed when first released and later heralded as one of 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 (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.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Mystery/PG/1958/128 minutes.

Cost $7.00

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  • Paul

    I always liked Jimmy Stewart's acting style, low key but still emphatic. Plus he's semi-local born and bred from Indiana, PA.


    September 29, 2013

    • Paul

      Right on.

      September 29, 2013

  • Jacquelyn B.

    Yes, Scott, the T-line is less than a block away from the Potomac Avenue stop. Would love to go to this myself, but have class that night. This is a great movie!!

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I JUST watched "HITCHCOCK" on HBO last night. It is about Hitch's struggle to get PSYCHO made. I highly recommend it to everyone. I thought I knew a good bit about him but what I really got a sense for is how deeply involved his wife Alma was in all of his work.

    September 29, 2013

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