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What makes people put Vertigo at the top of Hitch lists? (1 Viewer)

NathanP

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Man,
Have you seen Vertigo?
I first saw it when I was 13 and it scared the s*** out of me!
It really makes you think....
That scene when the dark shadowy figure comes up the stairs, *creak*, *creak*, *creak*.
Oh wait its just a nun..
You didn't have to jump out the window!
Nathan
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Rich Malloy

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That ain't just a nun! It's the very personification of her entire weight of guilt and regret finally and startlingly emerging from the darkest shadows of deepest repression! :)
 

Pascal A

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Evan, I'm very happy to be corrected on this, but I think 'Shadow of a Doubt' was Hitch's favourite amongst his *early* films.
If I remember correctly, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell referred to Shadow of a Doubt as his favorite film - she didn't really qualify the context of which of his films.
For me personally, I was already a Hitchcock fan even before I saw Vertigo, since I wasn't around in 1959 , and the film wasn't re-released until later (1984?). I had already thought of this lost masterpiece as a kind of Holy Grail, and when I finally saw it on the re-release, I wasn't disappointed. So for me, the film proved to be a culmination of what I enjoyed and admired about Hitchcock as an artist, but also exposed a vulnerability that I never noticed in his other films (except for Rear Window). Since then, I have seen every one of his films (except The Mountain Eagle), and Vertigocontinues to be my favorite Hitchcock film (although it just barely misses my top 10).
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