VERTIGO. Wow. I finished Alfred Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST earlier, and was jazzed by it, but this film is on another level. The obsession of Jimmy Stewart was incredibly tough and cruel. Kim Novak as the source of his fixation, so trapped as she is by guilt and love, is a tragic figure. Mention should go to Barbara Bel Geddes as Stewart’s sensible yet ultimately shutout girlfriend, she was the one warm and human figure in this world of madness. And dare I should forget Bernard Hermann’s incredible score, which drives home the sadness intermingled with romance in such a beautiful manner. The ending will take your breath away. The rawness of the film will last me a long time. Onto more Hitchcock!

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