Vertigo ★★★★½

I wholeheartedly believe that any lover of film should watch Hitchcock’s Vertigo, if only for its vibrant use of color. While the story itself is a gripping mystery somewhere between the supernatural and true crime, it is Hitchcock’s use of color that kept me glued to the screen. One cannot help but be mesmerized by the vibrant, warm reds in an upscale restaurant or the deep greens found in the forests surrounding San Francisco. Additionally, the rich mise en scene complements Hitchcock’s use of color greatly, from the room of an artist who's bright work is strewn about everywhere, to the office of a shipyard manager full of wood decorations. Color also assists the plot. I found myself knowing which mysterious car was important on screen, not because of its make, but because of its unusual green paint. Overall, I would recommend this film the same way I would recommend Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. While each of their stories are excellent, it is their visual journeys that makes them a must watch.

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