Femme Fatales Week! begins at Trailers from Hell, with director Dan Ireland introducing “Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece and last year’s Sight & Sound top-ranked film of all time, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Stewart was born on May 20, 1908.
“Hitchcock’s masterpiece to date and one of the four or
five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us”. That
was critic Robin Wood’s astute 1968 evaluation ten years after Alfred
Hitchcock’s final collaboration with James Stewart had been released to
indifferent box office and unappreciative reviews. Tragic, obsessive and backed
by an unforgettable Bernard Herrmann score, it’s one of the director’s most
mesmerizing accomplishments. It knocked Citizen Kane off its nearly 50 year
perch as the #1 picture of all time in the 2012 Sight and Sound decade poll of
critics and filmmakers.