Holloway returns the psychological thriller to wartime Paris and, in supremely theatrical style, frames the tale of the tortured hero as a public demonstration of hypnosis.
Best known from Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptation starring James Stewart – itself 50 years old in 2008 – VERTIGO has its origins in the novel D’entre les morts, published in English as The Living and the Dead and created by the hugely influential crime-writing partnership of Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. With Boileau devising the plot and Narcejac developing characterisation, they were at the forefront of crime fiction’s evolution from “whodunnits”, centred on an impassionate detective, into psychological suspense dramas exploring the emotions of those directly caught up in crime. As such they proved inspirational to filmmakers: as well as Hitchcock’s Vertigo, international hit Les Diaboliques was taken from a Boileau-Narcejac novel and they contributed the screenplay to the grisly cult horror Les yeux sans visage.
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