Movie Information

In Brief: I'm going to make a potentially controversial statement here, but before you jump in the comment pool to argue with me, be forewarned that I'm prepared to defend this assertion: Vertigo is the best film Alfred Hitchcock ever made. As I was programming this month's AFS Big Screen Budget presentation, I was shocked to find that Vertigo hasn't been shown in Asheville for over twenty years — a particularly glaring oversight, considering it surpassed Citizen Kane as the best film of all time in last year's Sight and Sound magazine decennial critics' poll. Many of you may have seen this film, but it's one that requires multiple revisitations — and as Hitchcock's most visually ambitious work in both color and VistaVision, it demands to be seen on a big screen. It's the darkest, most psychologically complex outing in an oeuvre defined by both, and Hitchcock would never again attain the heights (or depths, considering your perspective) of emotional realism that he delves into here. Don't miss your chance to find out why it's my favorite, or to tell me in person why it shouldn't be (as my illustrious predecessor often did).
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbra Bel Gedes, Tom Helmore
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society is showing Vertigo on Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse as part of the Budget Big Screen series. Admission is $6 for AFS members and $8 for the general public. Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas will introduce the film.


Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.