Some of the best movies ever made include Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona” and Federico Fellini’s “8 ½.” All three films rank highly in a 2012 Sight and Sound magazine poll of film scholars, directors and critics.
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1958 psychological thriller “Vertigo” stars James Stewart as a former police detective suffering from a fear of heights and sensations of vertigo. Hired as a private investigator by an acquaintance, he is drawn into a hallucinatory, dreamlike mystery. Although it was poorly received upon its initial release, the film has since been recognized as one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces.
Swedish director Ingmar Bergman boasts many critically acclaimed films, but 1966’s “Persona” is often recognized as his finest work. The film focuses on a famous stage actress who suddenly becomes mute during a performance and the young nurse assigned to look after her. A complex portrait of two women’s increasingly tangled mental states, “Persona” is a stark drama that ranks among the most respected works of international cinema.
Italian writer and director Federico Fellini famously channeled his own writer’s block for the creation of his masterpiece “8 ½,” a vaguely autobiographical film that focuses on a director experiencing writer’s block. Released in 1963, Fellini’s most famous film is self-reflective, surreal and highly influential, serving as the inspiration for many later movies about movies, including Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories."