Black and white movie still of the day: Vertigo
Bringing a surrealist eye to one of the more twisted love stories to ever hit the big screen, Alfred Hitchcock imbues nearly every frame of Vertigo with beauty and an ever-growing sense of dread. The “Vertigo” shot, designed by Hitchcock to mirror the sickening pull-push of the main character’s psyche has been oft-imitated but never as effective as it was here, as Jimmy Stewart’s acrophobic detective hurtles up a rickety, distorted staircase to save the woman he loves from her tragically inevitable demise.
One of the most beautiful films ever shot in color, and every bit as disturbing as the best psychological dramas coming out today. A rhapsodic meditation on love, obsession, and the dark, disturbing areas where the two meet. Undeservedly unloved upon its release, Vertigo has since been rediscovered as what it truly is: a masterpiece.