Monday, March 13, 2006

#4: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)


Because it's Hitchcock pushing us to the furthest limits of his artistry.

21 comments:

David Shultz said...

So I was wrong..curses! I'm still waiting for Malick, though.

JavierAG said...

Good God I think I'm pretty sure about The Top 3 here, though I have no idea about the order. This is super exciting. What will take the bronze?

Nick Davis said...

I swoon.

(Still, this Kubrick situation is keeping me up nights. Drop the bomb! Especially if it's the one about dropping bombs!)

Y Kant Goran Rite said...

Hitchcock! Of course! (I still say Kane belongs here more than Vertigo, but I'm not offended by this choice.)

And what's this about a Kubrick bombshell? I hope it's something about his best film, Paths of Glory. Or at least, his second best, the one Nick is talking about.

tim r said...

I recently rewatched Paths of Glory, which used to be one of my favourites, and I have to say it seemed a cruder film than I remembered. Powerful but a little hectoring. Dr Strangelove is some way down the list, for me, for similar reasons.

So glad to have you all on the edge of your seats! #3, however, should surprise no one.

JavierAG said...

I adore "Dr. Strangelove", but "Paths of Glory" really is somewhat crude. Best Kubrick pic of the period would be "Lolita" in my opinion - I've rarely had more fun than that.

Nick Davis said...

Huzzah! I've been convinced all this time that Paths of Glory was to be our top-flight appointment with Kubrick, and I really don't care for that film. It's the only one that would have truly flummoxed me at so high a ranking.

Ginger said...

The Godfather a deux, Vertigo, The Conformist and Ambersons in your Top Ten. Bliss. Though we differ in the minor details (which Welles? For my money, Touch of Evil. And Last Tango in Paris grows in my estimation each year.... ) I can't wait to see your Top Three. If there's a Kubrick bombshell coming, I'm rooting selfishly for Full Metal Jacket.

tim r said...

These games really make blogging fun, don't they? What shall I do next? It might have to be something Oscar-related, to stop me spending all my time over at Nick's blog...

David Shultz said...

Fine. So the only other Kubrick options are A Clockwork Orange, 2001, Spartacus, Fear and Desire, Killer's Kiss, The Killing, Lolita, and The Shining. There are so many options! I bet it will be something more surprising, but I'm going to say it's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

tim r said...

Say no more, guys. You'll find out shortly...

Nick Davis said...

What you don't know is that I already know. Actually, you know that I know, and I know that you know that I know.

tim r said...

Do I? But how? I'm going to postpone discussion by sticking up #3 right now...

FilmFan said...

Marvellous. Vertigo is my all-time favourite film so I'm glad to see it placed so high.

JavierAG said...

I know too ;)

Dr. S said...

I find myself wanting to add "with Kim Novak's eyebrows" to your tagline for this film.

NATHANIEL R said...

vertigo isn't anywhere close to my favorite Hitchcock.

but i think this must be because I saw it when i was 14. I don't think I got it at all. and i haven't seen it since. tsk tsk

tim r said...

The remedy isn't hard to come by. Watch it! Watch it again!

David Shultz said...

I just rewatched it. Still his best. For me it's right up there with Rear Window and Psycho.

FilmFan said...

Nathaniel > Definitely watch it again. I didn't get it at 14 either. I remember going around telling everyone that it had "a terrible ending". What a fool I was.

When anyone asks what my favourite Hitchcock films are, I always say: "The four O's - Vertigo, Psycho, Rear Window and North By Northwest-o".

AH Films said...

I love these lists! Can't wait to see what the top 3 are.

Vertigo is probably Hitchcock's "deepest" film, but is it his best? What about Dial M for Murder, The Birds, or Strangers on a Train? You guys have some great Hitchcock opinions. You should post some of your thoughts on Alfred Hitchcock Films.