Stanford Theatre
October 16, 2008

of the 50th
Anniversary of
Hitchcock's Vertigo

Stanford Theatre,
Palo Alto
October 16, 2008
Stanford Humanities Center
Stanford University
October 17, 2008

Edited by Peter Y. Chou

Stanford Vertigo Poster
October 17, 2008

Preface: Back in March 6, 2008, I went to a Hitchcock's Vertigo screening in Professor Jean-Pierre Dupuy's Stanford class. He told us about planning a 50th Anniversary of Hitchcock's Vertigo in the Fall. Now that moment is here. I read in the San Jose Mercury News that Prof. Dupuy was flying in from Paris for this event. Stanford Professor Pavle Levi (moderator for today's afternoon session of speakers) who is on sabbatical this semester told me he flew in from Serbia for this forum. My friend Rudy has never seen this Hitchcock classic, so he cut his XML class to accompany me to this event. We left Foothill College Middlefield Computer Lab at 6:30 pm and got to the Stanford Theatre at 6:50 pm. The line was already half way around the block for the 7:30 pm opening. It was the largest crowd I've seen— more than the Harold Lloyd's Safety Last or Charlie Chaplin's City Lights. There were more older people for those silent films, but this "Vertigo" crowd had a mixture of youth, middle, and old age. The show began with David Packard welcoming the audience, saying that he saw this film at its opening in 1958 when he was majoring in classics (Greek & Latin studies) at Stanford. He checked the records and said that today's Stanford Theatre screening of Hitchcock's Vertigo would be the 56th time. Jeff Kraft, co-author with Aaron Leventhal of Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco (2002) made a 40-minutes slide presentation of the San Francisco scenes which Alfred Hitchcock shot for Vertigo. As I've been reading his book this week, it was nice to see the photos on the big screen. Then Vertigo began with Saul Bass's stunning graphics and Bernard Hermann's musical scores that added extra dimensions to this classic film. On Friday, October 17, 2008, I just had coffee and slice of crumb cake and got on Bus #22 at 9:40 am. The Stanford Shuttle Bus B-Line-clockwise at Galvez Sreet took me to Tresidder Union. I got to the Stanford Humanities Center at 10:20 am and three people were already there— Jeff Kraft (author of Footsteps in the Fog and slide show presenter last night), Donna G. Howe (Vertigo Fundraising Chair at Old Mission San Juan Bautista, with scrapbook of Hitchcock family photos & memorabilia), James Nguyen, film director of Moviehead Pictures, and Hitchcock film buff). We sat in the second row as the first row was reserved for the speakers. The celebration of speakers, Q & A sessions, and roundtable discussion lasted till 5:33 pm. My friend Jack came to the morning lecture by Professor Richard Allen of NYU. He then went home to Sunnyvale to care of his Mom, but returned for the Roundtable Discussion in the afternoon. Jack said Hitchcock's Vertigo is one of his favorite films that needs repeated viewing. This was the consensus of the Hitchcock scholars and presenters who spoke today on the many nuances of this film that was voted by the American Film Institute as the #1 Mystery Film. I took some 30 pages of notes and when typed will link them to the speakers below.

11:15 am Richard Allen, New York University
"The Perfection of Form" (Book)
12:33 pmLunch Break
1:48 pm Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Stanford University
"Time and Vertigo" (Book)
2:15 pm Marilyn Fabe, UC Berkeley
"Mourning Vertigo" (Book)
2:40 pm Roland Greene, Stanford University
"Vertiginous History" (Book)
3:05 pmQ & A Session
Moderator: Pavle Levi, Stanford University
3:38 pmAfternoon Break
4:08 pmRound Table Discussion
Moderator: Kristine Samuelson, Stanford University
5:33 pmEnd of Discussion

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