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ASC Professors Discuss Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

Not really related to German, but to one of my other hats, namely film studies: Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) dethroned Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane as “Best Film of All Times” in the poll conducted by the film magazine Sight & Sound. If you would like to learn more about this film, what’s remarkable about it, and about the film studies program at ASC, join the ASC Cinephile club for a screening and discussion with Professors Nell Ruby (Art), Willie Tolliver (English/Film Studies), and Gundolf Graml (German/Film Studies): Wednesday, November 14, 6:30pm, in Teasley Lecture Hall.

Here’s what the press said about Vertigo, via the Time Newsfeed:

Vertigo, a thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, is about a retired police detective with a fear of heights who is hired to follow the wife of an old friend. It’s “the ultimate critics’ film because it is a dreamlike film about people who are not sure who they are but who are busy reconstructing themselves and each other,” explains Sight & Sound editor Nick James in a statement. “In that sense, it’s a makeover film full of spellbinding moments of awful poignancy that show how foolish, tender, and cruel we can be when we’re in love.” BBC News also notes that Vertigo was Hitchcock’s most personal film in which he tackles “one of his recurring themes — love as a fetish that degrades women and deranges men.” Sight & Sound notes the film has steadily climbed the list over the decades, cracking the top 10 in 1982 after Hitchcock’s death two years earlier. Vertigo ranked second in 2002, the last time the survey was done, and this year switched places with Citizen Kane.

Still image from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”


About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.


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