Vertigo: The Fall and Rise of Alfred Hitchcock

For years the filmmaker's thrillers were denigrated by critics as escapist Hollywood entertainment. What changed?

The plot of "Vertigo" is very thin. "But in a story of this kind, a sleight-of-hand affair built on deception and misdirection, mystification counts for everything; to introduce questions of motivation, to suggest that the people involved in this murder game are real, is to risk cracking a plot structure of egg-shell thinness. Only speed, finally, could sustain the illusion that the plot hangs...