Despite the fact that I watch a ridiculous amount of movies - the result of working alone at home the majority of the week - there are still so many wonderful films I am yet to see. Yesterday I watched Vertigo (1958) for the first time - and crossed a very important one off the list. This film is usually regarded as Hitchcock's masterpiece, and I wholeheartedly agree.
This is one of the few films that as well as being visually stunning, allows you to almost forget it was made in the late 1950s. I watch so many films purely for visual reasons, and while of course this qualifies for that it is really the story that I fell in love with. I was so swept up in the story I almost didn't notice how perfectly every shot was framed, the colour, the lighting, and it was really only when I went back to screenshot everything I really appreciated those aspects.
It really is a testament to his mastery that the beauty of the visual supports the story so well, that it draws you in so emotionally. I've mentioned this before - but watching so many 'bad' movies I actually miss out on this emotion, the visual is simply visual, and I enjoy them on a much more ironic level than anything else.
Vertigo really makes me want to hunt down more classics to balance with all the fluff, the downfall of course is that I get much more work down when I don't really have to pay attention to storyline!
Anyway, I highly, highly recommend this film for anyone, and especially those of you who might not have seen any classic cinema. This would be an excellent place to start.