Top Ten 1958

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

Obsessive love? Or just plain necrophilia? Either way these are hardly the character traits we attribute to the cinematic image of James Stewart, but Hitchcock in his trademark perversity had no trouble exploring the awshucks movie star’s dark side. Vertigo is the master’s masterpiece, and one of Stewart’s most delicate and complicated performances; it’s also the last time the director and star would work together. The following year Hitchcock would recast Stewart in North By Northwest, claiming that Vertigo’s failure at the box office was due to the actor’s encroaching age (it’s really because, quite frankly, audiences were simply not ready for this level of psychological depth in a Hitchcock thriller–perhaps even Hitchcock himself wasn’t ready for…

  • Vertigo
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • Auntie Mame
  • Touch of Evil
  • Ivan the Terrible, Part II: The Boyars' Plot
  • A Night to Remember
  • The Lovers
  • The Music Room
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • The Inn of the Sixth Happiness