1958, USA, Language: English, Subtitles: Hungarian (128’); Screening: 09.06, 21.45, Toldi Cinema, Kisterem

One of Hitchcock’s very finest films was not exactly an unqualified success at its premiere. In 2012, this psycho-drama was placed as the best film ever made by Sight and Sound. Its numerous technical tricks and innovations, the camera movements inducing a sense of acrophobia became integral parts of filmmaking: in order to engender a sense of vertigo in the audience, the director employed the trick of zooming in on the face of James Stewart while the actor was also moved towards the camera. This trick was used by others later on, for instance, Spielberg in Jaws. Hitchcock created not merely a film but a work of art, a movie that, through individual settings, and not only in its impact but unusualness, too, is visionary and akin to a painting.

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac
Screenplay by: Samuel A. Taylor, Alec Coppel
Director of photography: Robert Burks
Music by: Bernard Herrmann
Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey
Genre: thriller
Production: Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions
Format: colour, 1.66:1