Ver­tigo

TV Times - - Sunday - NP

FILM / 11.20pm / Film4

al­fred Hitch­cock’s mas­ter­piece, this psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller was quite un­like any­thing that had come be­fore it, with its colour-sat­u­rated nods to Freud and hyp­not­i­cally night­mar­ish sound­track. James Ste­wart stars as a most un-james Ste­wart-like char­ac­ter, an ex-de­tec­tive paral­ysed by his fear of heights and bur­dened by a sick­ness that sees him un­able to shake off the past, to the ex­tent that he re­mod­els girl­friend Kim No­vak into the per­fect re­cre­ation of his dead lover. It’s a nigh-on per­fect movie, with ev­ery el­e­ment beau­ti­fully re­alised.

James Ste­wart and Kim No­vak star

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