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Alfred Hitchcock, master of delusion - Roger Lewis

Features | By Roger Lewis

Hitchcock in 1973

Forty years after the director’s death, Roger Lewis admires Vertigo, his masterpiece about obsession, madness and the occult

Alfred Hitchcock died 40 years ago – but, rather more interestingly, almost exactly 100 years ago, November 1920, saw the release of the first film he ever worked on – The Great Day, a silent movie, now lost, for which he wrote all the title cards. As we commemorate the centenary of Hitchcock’s first working in movies, I think of his best film, Vertigo (1958). Not a film so much as a ballet – and dance risks a loss of balance – it is a study in dizziness. ...

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