Obsessed with Vertigo (1997)

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A documentary about the making and restoration of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece "Vertigo". Narrated by Roddy McDowall, with behind-the-scenes talk from Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Bumstead, ... See full summary »

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A documentary about the making and restoration of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece "Vertigo". Narrated by Roddy McDowall, with behind-the-scenes talk from Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Bumstead, Robert A. Harris, Patricia Hitchcock, James C. Katz, Kim Novak, Peggy Robertson and Martin Scorsese. Brings fresh perspective, not just to the film and the director, but to the Fifties Hollywood as well. Written by filmfactsman

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Good Look at Vertigo
12 March 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Obsessed with Vertigo (1997)

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Pretty good documentary about the 1997 re-released of Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO, which was returning to theaters after two years worth of restoration that ended up costing over a million dollars. Experts Robert Harris and James Katz did the work on the film and this documentary takes us on a tour of what all they had to do in order to save the film and return it to its glorious look. Scattered throughout their story is another story involving the making of the film and its lasting impact on people. Pat Hitchcock tells some stories about the making of the film as does Samuel Taylor who wrote the screenplay. Assosiate producer Herbert Coleman, production manager Doc Erikson, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes are also interviewed and share a few stories of their own. Martin Scorsese is also on hand to talk about the first time he watched the movie and how it really became an obsession to him over the years. He also talks about how rare it was for a filmmaker to be able to make such a personal film and especially in this era. Other stories include how the film wasn't a hit when released and why it took several years for it to finally catch on. Overall there's nothing ground-breaking here but the stories told are extremely entertaining and fans should enjoy hearing them. The stuff dealing with the restoration was a major plus as it really gives you a great idea of what it takes to fully restore a film to its original glory. There are several examples shown of how the film looked like in its 1983 re-release and what they were able to do for it in 1997.


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