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Camera Obscura (2011) - Vertigo and the Vertiginous History of Film Theory




Ravetto-Biagioli talks about Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. Fifty years after its initial release, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (US, 1958) remains one of the most celebrated films of all time. But because of its complexity, its dark romanticism, its challenging of filmic conventions, genres, and narrative time, Vertigo's impact on the history of filmmaking is more ambiguous than that of Psycho (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1960), Dial M for Murder (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1954), and North by Northwest (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1959) -- all of which have generated a number of filmic remakes and parodies. Vertigo's complicated narrative structure, its psychological twists, and its discontinuous treatment of time, space, and perspective make it difficult to recreate.