vertigo

Cape Town’s Good Film Society presents this Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, on at the Labia Theatre at 20h15 tonight.

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Recently voted in Sight and Sound’s definitive poll as the greatest film ever made (the only film to surpass Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane in many a decade), come to this Sunday’s one-off screening and decide for yourself if it’s worthy of the accolade!

Vertigo is the spellbinding tale of an ex-policeman with a fear of heights, Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart), who is hired by an old friend to investigate his wife (Kim Novak). But it’s no ordinary case – the woman is suspected of being possessed by the malignant spirit of a suicide victim. As the mystery leads to a spiral into paranoia and obsession, Scottie is forced to encounter the most painful truth: He has fallen in love with a woman who may not exist. Stylistically breathtaking, intellectually complex and profound, the film is a startlingly experimental exploration of desire, a psychological spider-web woven with unusual compassion by the master of nightmares. With this touchstone of psychological thrillers – his most personal masterpiece – Hitchcock defined not only a genre, but an entire era of filmmaking and art. 

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One of the two or three best films Hitchcock ever made, this is the most confessional, dealing directly with the themes that controlled his art – Roger Ebert

Hitchcock’s masterpiece to date and one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us – Robin Wood

One of the landmarks–not merely of the movies, but of 20th-century art – Dave Kerr, Chicago Reader

Why is this movie Hitchcock’s masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession – David Ansen, Newsweek

Hitchcock’s rich and strange fable of love lost, and lost again, makes the case for him as a grand experimental artist who labored in genre cinema – Bill Weber, Slant Magazine

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