This film barely needs an introduction. Anyone who is versed in cinema is familiar with Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, Vertigo. Vertigo is not just a movie for me, but something more, something that I'm not sure can be captured with words. Not only do I believe it to be the best movie ever made, but a movie that is an octave above everything else in cinema. There should be a large gap between Vertigo and the rest of the list, for it is something more than any other film on this list.
Opening with a dazzling chase scene across rooftops, Vertigo instantly grabs our attention. The protagonist, John (Jimmy Stewart), is hired as a private investigator to follow his employer's wife. He is instantly dragged deeper and deeper into a web of deceit, mystery, ghosts, lies, and most of all, women. Throughout the ordeal, he loses sight of everything he thought he knew, and he changes into someone he never thought he could be. Vertigo's plot enraptures us, envelopes us, becomes us.
The technical side of Vertigo rivals even its plot. Beautiful cinematography, coupled with arguably the best score ever (Bernard Herrman) creates an experience that can only be described as awe-inspiring. Each and every shot is beautiful: from the Golden Gate Bridge, to the Redwood Forest, every single shot is so carefully crafted, that I get chills throughout the entirety of the film. The dream sequence by Saul Bass is especially great.
1/4/13 ” - therouses4