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VERTIGO

SYNOPSIS:
John Ferguson, ‘Scottie’(Stewart) is a detective who has left the police force because he believes his fear of falling (acrophobia, resulting in vertigo) caused a colleague’s death. When an old college friend pleads with him to investigate the eccentric actions of his psychologically perplexing wife Madeleine (Novak), Scottie’s life takes a new, obsessive course from which he never recovers, and which leads him to follow this mysterious woman to the death - but whose death?

"The journey that Scottie (Stewart) begins when he reluctantly accedes to his friend Gavin Elster’s (Henry Jones) request to follow Madeleine, the Mrs Elster (Novak), is full of irony, mystery, subterfuge and finally a love that bursts its banks into full blown obsession. Stewart rises to the challenge and so does Novak in creating a complex, double-sided character that is as haunting as she needs to be. It is full of great moments, and a building tension that is at once gripping and enjoyable. One of many scenes that is a tribute to Hitchcock’s cinematic instincts is a long sequence in which Scottie follows Madeleine in his car as she drives slowly around San Fransisco, turning left, right, right, left: the details and continuity are so perfect that you almost reach out to touch the steering wheel in Scottie’s car to help him take a turn. Hitchock’s perfectionist trait is at its peak here, with every tool of the filmmaker’s art used to maximum effect, from the tiniest sounds (lovingly recreated in this stunning restoration) to the most sweeping sounds of Herrmann’s score. Ironically, the audiences of 1958 responded with lukewarm regard for this masterwork of Alfred’s, so here is a chance for it to attain the popularity it well deserves. Do yourself a favour and see it."
Andrew L. Urban

"What can I say about a masterpiece? The new, lovingly restored Vertigo is as powerful today, if not more so, than the day it was made. This is a film of great allure and mystery. Watching this masterpiece in its fully restored glory with Bernard Herrmann’s gripping, moody musical score, is an absolute treat. The innovative plot still keeps us on the edge of the seat, as we are swept away by the eternal themes of fear, obsession, greed and love. Alfred Hitchcock’s skill at creating mood and subsequently developing it to its conclusion is the work of a master. The performances are magic: Stewart and Novak together are electric. These are arguably their best roles ever. And what complex performances they give. Stewart is totally convincing as the man obsessed; Novak haunting and sensual as the disturbed damsel. The twists and turns of the plot take us on a rollercoaster ride of emotional turmoil, the characters being firmly embedded in our psyche forever. Vertigo is a film that stays with you. Once seen, never forgotten. And now, it can be enjoyed all over again in peak condition, delivering the Hitchcock magic that a new generation can enjoy."
Louise Keller

THE RESTORATION

RESTORATION: Robert A. Harris

RESTORATION PRODUCER: James C. Katz


Restorers, Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz

RESTORATION ASSISTANT: Joanne Lawson

RESTORATION & RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Marlene Noble

VISTA VISION INTERMEDIATES & PROTECTION MASTERS: YCM Laboratories

VISTA VISION TO 65 MM OPTICALS: Pacific Title

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION: Phillip J. Feiner

PHOTO-CHEMICAL SUPERVISOR: Chris Bushman

OPTICAL CAMERAMAN: Mike Gickman

PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE: Ken D. Smith

SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR: Richard Legrand Jr

SOUND DESIGNER: Harry Snodgrass

SOUND EDITORS: Bill Hooper, Bob McNabb, Walter Spencer, William Jacobs

ASSISTANT SOUND EDITOR: Samuel Webb

RE-RECORDING MISERS: Michael Casper, Daniel J. Leahy

RECORDIST: Charlie Ajar Jr

FOLEY MIXER: Albert Romero

FOLEY ARTISTS: Sharon Michaels, Laura Macias

RESTORATION SOUND EDITING/E-RECORDING: Universal Studios Sound Facility

DTS POST PRODUCTION MANAGER: Robert Heiser

DTS THEATER SERVICES ENGINEER: Mike B. Smith

THEATRE SALES MANAGER: Walter Browski

NEGATIVE CUTTING: Sharon McGeeney,Superior Film Service Inc

70MM PRINTS BY: DeLuxe Laboratores

COLORTIMER: Bill Pine

RESTORATION PRODUCED ON: Eastman Kodak Motion Pictures Film

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"Stewart and Novak together are electric"


"Novak is haunting and sensual"


Stewart is totally convincing as the man obsessed

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VERTIGO(PG)
(US)
Re-release

CAST: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne, Lee Patrick

DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock

PRODUCER: Alfred Hitchcock


Kim Novak with Alfred Hitchcock

SCRIPT: Alec Coppel and Samuel Taylor (Based on novel D’Entre Les Morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robert Burks

EDITOR: George Tomasini

MUSIC: Bernard Herrmann

ART DIRECTION: Hal Pereira, Henry Bumstead

RUNNING TIME: 140 minutes

ORIGINAL RELEASE: 1958

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 10, 1997







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