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Sunday, August 5, 2012
Rebecca Is Better Than Vertigo
Vertigo (1958) Hitchcock
Inspired by Sight & Sound's Top 10 Greatest Film Ever list that comes out once a decade, Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 thriller was listed at #1, beating Citizen Kane. Thinking that I have seen Vertigo (9/10) previously, I rented a copy of the DVD from the local library to reacquaint myself with it's awesomeness. Well, I watched Vertigo last night, and I must admit, apparently I never seen it before until last night. But in all, that made it all the more intriguing to watch. It's a fantastic film that captures in pure Hitchcockian form, the height of paranoia, greed, love, murder, jealousy, and obsession. Vertigo is a well made film that deserves to be on Sight and Sound's list, but my all-time favorite Hitchcock film is Rebecca (1940), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, but sadly, it didn't even make the top 50 list of S&S. While I know every great film cannot make it to the top 50, but come on... if Vertigo made it, why not Rebecca (9.5/10)? That film has the same psychological elements, PLUS an insane conniving housekeeper and deep dark secrets. Have you seen either of these films? What do you think about them?