John “Scottie” Ferguson is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, because she believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine.

Ranked as the “greatest film of all time” by the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine, VERTIGO is a definitive classic. Rediscover this astounding film from master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock on 35mm celluloid. This free screening – Tuesday February 24 at 7:00PM – is presented by the Norton Herrick Center as part of the Cosford Classic Series, presenting classic films on 35mm.

This special event commences the 2015 season of the Cosford Classic series and will feature discussion from two of the world’s leading Hitchcock Scholars: William Rothman, author of HITCHCOCK: THE MURDEROUS GAZE and WHY MUST WE KILL THE THING WE LOVE?: EMERSONIAN PERFECTIONISM IN THE FILMS OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK and Murray Pomerance, author of AN EYE FOR HITCHCOCK and ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S AMERICA.

The Norton Herrick Center presents COSFORD CLASSICS has been selected as a winner for the Knight Arts Challenge by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.