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VERTIGO
July 26, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

I’ve been providing daily Best Bets for almost 10 years now, give or take a hospital stay or two – and never, in all that time, have I done what I’m doing today. Not only is the entire evening devoted to the movies by a single director, but the entirety of Best Bets is provided by a single network. Much of Best Bets this month has tracked TCM’s month-long Wednesday/Friday salute to 50 Years of Hitchcock – but tonight, in the network’s chronological film tour of Hitch’s entire movie output, is the absolute zenith, providing a quartet of films, a double double feature, arguably without parallel by any director.  Vertigo, Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece about sexual obsession and deep-seated fears, is only the opening salvo. James Stewart stars as the man so haunted by a past love that he remakes another woman into her image – and Kim Novak, in a haunting dual role, plays both the woman and her doppelganger. (Novak also is the guest of Robert Osborne in TCM’s 2013 interview special, Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival, which precedes Vertigo at 7 p.m. ET tonight.

 
 
 
 
 
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