Alec Baldwin, Guild Hall Host ‘Vertigo’ Screening

Alec Baldwin, a supporter of both Guild Hall and the Hamptons International Film Festival, will host a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo this Saturday in Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater.

Baldwin will have a post-screening discussion of the 1958 film with HIFF artistic director David Nugent and the audience.

Though the film festival takes place every October, throughout the year HIFF has a number of special events. The Vertigo screening is part of the winter classics series, which Baldwin has has a hand in since it began in 2010.

Two years ago Vertigo, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, unseated Citizen Kane as the top of the British film journal Sight & Sound‘s Greatest Films of All Time poll.

Vertigo film poster

Set in San Francisco, Vertigo is the story of police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson (Stewart), who is forced into retirement due to a debilitating fear of heights. Soon hired by an acquaintance as a private investigator, Scottie begins to trail the man’s wife, a mysterious blonde (Novak) named Madeleine. What follows is a psychological thrill ride, as Scottie is drawn into a world of paranoia, deception, obsession, and, of course, dramatic heights, all set against a visually stunning Bay Area backdrop. Hitchcock introduced new techniques in camerawork—including the dolly zoom—used to dizzying effect to unsettle the audience.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. February 22 at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $20 for members. Purchase tickets at guildhall.org.

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