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"Vertigo" Anniversary: 9 Great Films Influenced By Hitchcock's Classic

Monday, May 09, 2016   (0 Comments)
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From IndieWire:

Since its lukewarm premiere in 1958, "Vertigo" has slowly and steadily climbed the pantheon of American cinema, finally usurping Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" and ascending to the top of Sight & Sound's list of the best movies of all time. Lists and rankings aside, few would argue that "Vertigo" is anything less than a feverish masterwork, the epitome of Hitchcock's formal prowess and his most emotionally fragile work.

Pervaded by love and lust, betrayal and loss, the dark tale of an emasculated man (Jimmy Stewart) driven to chasing obsession on a destructive path. As an inscrutable ruse, it rarely falters as a murder-mystery so well crafted you don't even know it's a murder-mystery until the last third of the film.

The effects of "Vertigo" have seeped into the crevices of American cinema, popping up in some reliable places (the works of Brian De Palma, Hitch's biggest fan) and some surprising ones as well (Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct," Tony Scott's "Deja Vu"). The best thing about BAM's "Vertigo" Effect series is how the eclectic pool of films makes you draw connections you might otherwise have missed: Just by being selected for the series, films like "Last Embrace," "Mississippi Mermaid," and "Special Effects" will now reveal deeper mysteries and previously-missed Hitchcock-derived details. And, of course, it only further elucidates the profound beauty, and tragedy, of Hitchcock's best film. Here are 9 highlights from the series. [

  • Mulholland Drive
  • Obsession
  • Last Embrace
  • La Jetee
  • Sans Soleil
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Basic Instinct
  • Mississippi Mermaid
  • Perversion Story ]

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