100 Greatest Films of all time – 9: Vertigo

Vertigo (1958)  Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock  Screenplay by: Alec Coopel and Samuel A Taylor Based on the Novel D’Entre Les Morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac  Produced by:  Herbert Coleman   Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes  Oscar Count: 0 (Nominated for Best Sound and Best Art Direction)

After the initial critical and box office failure of Vertigo, famed master of suspense, was never allowed to make another “film.”

Don’t get me wrong. Hitchcock made plenty of crowd pleasing films, that were successful critically and commercial. But except for Psycho, Hitchcock was never free to experiment again (and he only got away with that slasher shocker because it was cheap to make). The rest of his films were fairly standard, designed with the studio’s bottom line in mind. They also conform to the rigid standards of a thriller – good vs evil, intense action sequences, and the use of the Cold War or the media obsession with violent crime in the background. There was never an exploration of humanity or with analyzing what makes us tick.
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