In Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of erotic fixation, former San Francisco police detective Scottie (James Stewart), who has retired from the force due to his crippling fear of heights, is hired to follow his old friend’s supposedly suicidal wife (Kim Novak). Quickly falling in love with this blonde goddess, Scottie loses her with equal speed — but when he meets a brunette shopgirl Judy (Novak again), her uncanny resemblance to Madeleine leads him to try to remake her in the image of his lost love. A mesmeric plunge into a vortex of time, memory and obsession, Vertigo is “[o]ne of the landmarks — not merely of the movies, but of twentieth-century art” (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader).
Playing from December 25th to January 6
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