Mount Vernon, Washington

Spectacular, Spectacular Film Series: Vertigo (1958)

Saturday, Nov 18, 7:30 pm
Runtime: 128 minutes
Rating: PG

Dismissed when first released, later heralded as one of director Alfred Hitchcock's finest films (and, according to Hitchcock, his most personal one), this adaptation of the French novel D'entre les Morts by Geoffrey Sainsbury weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. It opens as Scottie Ferguson realizes he has vertigo, a condition resulting in a fear of heights, when a police officer is killed trying to rescue him from falling off a building. Scottie then retires from his position as a private investigator, only to be lured into another case by his old college friend, Gavin Elster. Elster's wife, Madeleine, has been possessed by a spirit, and Elster wants Scottie to follow her. He hesitantly agrees, and thus begins the film's wordless montage as Scottie follows the beautiful yet enigmatic Madeleine through 1950s San Francisco (accompanied by Bernard Herrmann's hypnotic score). After saving her from suicide, Scottie begins to fall in love with her, and she appears to feel the same way. Here tragedy strikes, and each twist in the movie's second half changes our preconceptions about the characters and events. In 2014 a new 4K resolution print of Vertigo was released. 

Film and Television Director Mel Damski will be on hand to introduce the film.

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock.

Cast: James Stewart, Tom Helmore, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, and Ellen Corby.

Next in the series: The Life of Pi (3D) on December 16.

What the critics are saying:

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

"An unpredictable scary thriller that doubles as a mournful meditation on love, loss, and human comfort."

Wanda Hale, New york Daily News

"Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" is an artistic triumph for the master of mystery."

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"One of the landmarks -- not merely of the movies, but of 20th-century art."

Film Prices:

Lincoln Theatre Members get a $2 discount on the following prices:

General: $10.50
Seniors, Students and Active Military: $9.50
Children 12 and under: $8.00

All prices include a $1.50 Preservation Fee that goes directly into our capital account for preservation of the Lincoln Theatre and its programs. 
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