All through the month of January, The Loft celebrates the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the women who made them classics! They were daring and beautiful. They were sophisticated, smart, cool and dangerous. And most importantly, they were blondes … Hitchcock Blondes.
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"One of the greatest movies ever made ... a film worth seeing again and again." - AO Scott, New York Times
Hitchcock’s favorite “everyman” James Stewart (giving a surprisingly dark and unsettling performance) is John "Scottie" Ferguson, a retired San Francisco police detective who is hired by an old friend to follow his wife Madeline (a superbly cool Kim Novak, in what eventually becomes a double role), a suicidal blonde whom he suspects of being possessed by the spirit of a dead madwoman. The obsessive detective and the disturbed woman fall (and "fall" is indeed the operative word) in love and things begin to unravel in most peculiar ways, leading to one of the most unusual, dangerous and dizzying romances in movie history. Although it received decidedly mixed reviews upon its initial release and was far from a box-office success, Vertigo is now looked upon as Alfred Hitchcock's defining masterpiece - a haunting, deeply personal and dreamlike exploration of Hitch's favorite themes of guilt, doubles and sexual obsession. Voted the Greatest Film of All Time in the 2012 Sight and Sound film critics poll, this hypnotically mesmerizing classic continues to entrance audiences, aided in no small part by Bernard Herrmann’s swooning, melancholic score and the tour-de-force performance by Hitchcock Blonde Kim Novak, whose tricky “double trouble” role became a touchstone for countless subsequent films. (Dir. by Alfred Hitchcock, 1958, USA, 128 mins., Not Rated) Digital