(98) It’s gratifying to see Vertigo finally acknowledged as the masterwork it is. This Hitchcock classic rests at the nexus of films I recognize as “important”… and films that are important to me. Vertigo paints a dreamlike portrait of the passions of limerence and the devastation that trying to recapture those initial feelings can bring down on a relationship. It’s about the destructive power of obsession, of changing others to meet an unattainable vision of perfection, about the fear of loss driving us to lose the things we love despite a thousand chances to pull back from the precipice.
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