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Paul Jensen

VERTIGO (1958) 5 stars

The greatest psychologically perverse love story (which says a great deal more about me than the film). Hitckcock's most personal and artistic film also contains one of my favorite film scores. It’s ultimately a cautionary tale: don’t fall in love with a romanticized image. In many respects, it’s a powerful feminist statement. Ironically, Stewart overcomes his fear in the end, but by vanquishing any possibility for love. Vertigo is not just about the fear of heights, it’s about the fear of falling in love. The heights that love can elevate us to and then traumatically drop us. Characters continue to fall throughout the story. Four deaths, four falls. It’s the ultimate tragic love story.

 

Genre: Drama
Director: Alfred Hitchcock