A 60th-anniversary salute to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.”
The Green Fog, created by filmmaker/cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin with co-directors Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, and composer Jacob Garchik and Kronos Quartet, pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s spellbinding Vertigo. In addition to utilizing clips from TV’s The Streets of San Francisco and the Chuck Norris film An Eye for an Eye, Maddin and his producers sped through some 200 movies shot in the Bay Area, looking for common themes. “We found earthquakes, free love, beatniks, dangling men, falling men, car chases, churches, AIDS,” Maddin said. “It was the epicenter of so many things.” The Green Fog is delightful for film buffs and a puzzle of sorts for serious movie lovers. You’ll want to watch it again and again!
“Inventive and invigorating, this ‘San Francisco Fantasia’ is lauded by the New York Times as ‘a marvel of film scholarship.’ It’s also a lot of fun. Maddin, working with his Forbidden Room collaborators, set himself the challenge to remake Vertigo without using footage from the Hitchcock classic, creating a ‘parallel-universe version.’ Using Bay Area footage from a variety of sources—studio classics, ’50s noir, experimental films, and ’70s prime-time TV—and employing Maddin’s mastery of assemblage, the result exerts the inexorable pull of Hitchcock’s tale of erotic obsession while paying tribute to the city of San Francisco.” —Northwest Film Forum