Vertigo ★★★★½

Vertigo is quite possibly Hitchcock's darkest film. Simultaneously an eerie mystery and a haunting tale of obsession, it is a bleak story that at its core is about a man who falls in love with his own romantic delusion. Hitchcock is able to create the perfect dreamlike atmosphere with measured investigative scenes, vivid use of colour, a visually striking nightmare sequence and Bernard Herrmann's magnificent swirling score. James Stewart is engaging with a performance against type and Kim Novak handles her difficult role well. I do have issues with the premature third act reveal and the abrupt ending, but the film has such a trance-like quality that it is nearly always engrossing.

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