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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What is the greatest film ever made? Let your vote count!

Over the past nine months Couchside View have been counting down what we collectively feel are the 100 greatest films ever made. With our top ten already decided we thought it’d be a cool idea to interact the readers by letting you have the final say on what position these ten films end up in. So simply reacquaint yourself with the classics highlighted below and please do your bit in voting for which film you think deserves to be number one.  The poll will be left running for a number of days whilst we continue the countdown from its current position.

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COMING SOON: THE 100 GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME

by Laurent Kelly

I have decided to compile a list of the hundred movies that I consider to be the best ever made. I aim to finish this list before the end of the year so watch this space. And here are a few visuals of some of the films that will be appearing: