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August 30, 2016

Episode 286: Vertigo (1958)

Special Guests: Patrick McGilligan, Dan Auiler
Guest Co-Hosts: Tania Modleski, Susan White

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is a tale of obsession which has sparked an obsession in many of its viewers. Jimmy Stewart stars as John "Scottie" Ferguson, a disgraced detective who's hired by an old friend to follow his wife, Madeline (Kim Novak), who seems to have become possessed by a spirit from San Francisco's past.

Professors Tania Modleski and Susan White (no relation) join Mike to discuss the film which was ranked as the best film in the world in a 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Authors Patrick McGilligan (Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light) and Dan Auiler (Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic)

Listen / Download Now:

Buy Vertigo on Blu-Ray
Buy Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic by Dan Auiler
Buy Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light by Patrick McGilligan
Buy The Women Who Knew Too Much by Tania Modleski
Buy Hitchcock's Films Revisited by Robin Wood
Buy The Cinema of Max Ophuls by Susan M. White
Visit the The Bernard Herrmann Society website
Read more about the film at The Hitchcock Zone
Read Alfred Hitchcock brought out the glorious weaknesses in Jimmy Stewart by Jesse Hassenger
Read the Vertigo script
Read The Midge Portrait in "Vertigo:" The Parody of Carlotta by The Art of Film
Read The Scandal of Vertigo: It’s Not What You Think by Peter Hayes
Listen to other Projection Booth episodes on the films of Alfred Hitchcock
Hear more from Patrick McGilligan on other Projection Booth episodes

"The Forest" - Bernard Herrmann
"Carlotta Valdes" - Ghost Rhythms
"Vertigo" - Billy Eckstine
"Carlotta Valdez" - Harvey Danger



  1. Have you guys changed your web host recently? Downloading the podcast seems to work much better now. In previous weeks it kept cutting off my download after the first couple of dozen MB.

  2. Wonderful episode. Professors Modleski and White in particular were fantastic guests.

  3. Hot show. Great to hear the female guests.