A former San Francisco police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with the hauntingly beautiful woman he has been hired to trail, who may be deeply disturbed.
“Vertigo” is a 1958 psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. The film follows a retired police detective who suffers from acrophobia (fear of heights) and is hired to investigate the strange behavior of a friend’s wife. As he becomes obsessed with the woman, the detective’s vertigo and his own past traumas lead him down a dangerous path.
“Vertigo” is often considered one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces and has been praised for its innovative cinematography, haunting score, and intricate plot. Despite receiving mixed reviews upon its initial release, the film has since gained a cult following and is now widely regarded as a classic of the thriller genre. In fact, the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time ranked “Vertigo” as the greatest film ever made, surpassing even “Citizen Kane.”