Jeff Simon: A life haunted by Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ life changed forever on May 28, 1958. It was a Wednesday. That was the day of the week that movies opened back then. That was the date that Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" premiered in America. This Wednesday, part of its exceptional Hitchcock series, Turner Classic Movies will show a visually optimal version of "Vertigo" at [...]


Vertigo in-depth at International Tribune

Adverse to Orson Welles’ suggestion that a director merely supervises chaos, Hitchcock’s place in film history, though decidedly mythical, exists as the artist of grand design, obsessively imprinting his dogged authority into every facet of the production. This is never more apparent than in Hitchcock’s Vertigo, a film about obsession that offers, as biographical evidence, [...]

The Rich Colors of Vertigo: More from TCM/Ball University course

I’ve referenced this article in earlier blogs, but I was reminded this week of the piece by the Ball University course with TCM on Hitchcock. It’s an older piece, that was revised when Vertigo was named Best Film Ever Made by BFI’s Sight and Sound international film critics panel - via http://www.rogerebert.comThe red door of [...]

Madeleine’s grey suit auctions for more than $25 grand

From the article: "The two-piece, single-breasted suit, highlighted by turned-up cuffs, five covered buttons and a pencil skirt, plays a pivotal role in the 1958 film; so how did such an iconic piece of cinema fashion remain undiscovered for almost six decades? The answer isn’t surprising, says Williamson. “When so many studios liquidated their costumes [...]


For Kim Novak, on her first day of studio work for the production, it wasn't an easy beginning. Not only did the apartment scene call for her first prolonged passages of dialogue; she had to begin the sequence lying naked in bed, and then finish it in only a robe. And, if Novak's own account [...]

This week in VERTIGO: THE MAKING OF A HITCHCOCK CLASSIC SPECIAL EDITION Elster’s Office and Scottie’s Apartment

Elster's office-one of the film's many elaborately decorated interior sets-was filled conscientiously by Henry Bumstead with San Francisco memorabilia: old maps and posters, a prominent glass case holding a model of a ship. An entirely separate section of the room, complete with raised floor and a visible ceiling, gave the shorter Tom Helmore a chance [...]