Monday, April 13, 2015

Curtain Raiser: BAMcinématek presents The Vertigo Effect

Kim Novak in Vertigo

This week: BAMcinématek (in lovely Brooklyn, New York) kicks off The Vertigo Effect, a two-week full slate mini-festival devoted to Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 classic Vertigo, plus the many films inspired or influenced by it. And that's a lot of movies, ranging from Brian De Palma's Obsession (scored by Vertigo composer Bernard Herrmann), David Lynch's cult favorite modern noir Mulholland Dr.. Paul Verhoeven plays peekaboo (Basic Instinct), Terry Gilliam sends us time-traveling with Twelve Monkeys, and Tony Scott Déjà Vu is well worth re-seeing. Of course no salute to Vertigo would be complete without Mel Brook's loony, loony parody High Anxiety! The original classic kicks off the series: catch Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in a rare IB Technicolor print of Vertigo on April 16.

Among the several other films on show for The Vertigo Effect: Mississippi Mermaid, Perversion Story, Sugar Cookies, Last Embrace, Special Effects, and the proverbial many, many more. You can also view films that inspired Vertigo like Laura and Unfaithfully Yours, plus other movies starring Kim Novak (Bell, Book and Candle, Pal Joey). Also screening are a series of related shorts, and the festival will conclude on April 30 with a sneak preview of Christian Petzold’s 2014 Phoenix.

James Stewart in Vertigo

In the words of the great Jimmy Stewart: "Well, I think that explains it. Anyone could become obsessed with the past with a background like that!" Don't get dizzy, get busy and head on down to BAMcinématek's The Vertigo Effect!

The Vertigo Effect runs April 16-30 at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn; see the full schedule and details at the BAM website.

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