Vertigo

Vertigo ★★★★★

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"If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?"

The ultimate psychological drama. Jimmy Stewart doesn't want Madeleine or Judy, he wants Judy-as-Madeleine, the impossible third element in between these two women. Hitchcock's magnum opus on the nature of desire: we want not the person we're attracted to, but rather this ineffable performative dimension of them.

Included most relevantly in Retro Theatrical Screenings, but also a part of a ton of favorites lists.

70mm at Somerville Theater. Competing with 2001 in 70mm (at the same theater, coincidentally) for greatest cinematic experience of my life.

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