The Second International Film Conference: “Hitchcock’s Vertigo: 60th Anniversary 1958-2018” is to be held on 20-21 September 2018 in Trinity College Dublin.  Six years ago Hitchcock’s Vertigo ousted Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane  from the top ranking position of the British Film Institute’s industry respected Sight & Sound poll conducted every 10 years. Previously Citizen Kane monopolised the top billing every decade since 1962 but, after 50 years, Citizen Kane was finally de-throned by Vertigo when it was proclaimed as the “Greatest Film Ever Made“.  

This coming September in Dublin, we are delighted to celebrate Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo on its 60th anniversary as the “Greatest Film Ever Made” in this Second International Film Conference in Ireland. This exclusive 2-day film conference in Trinity College Dublin will feature the presentations of many international scholars on Hitchcock participating in the conference from across the globe: USA, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, Belgium and Switzerland.  In particular we are delighted to welcome the British film historian Charles Barr and the renowned British feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey as key note speakers at the conference in September. Laura Mulvey’s seminal essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” was one of the first film theory publications to apply a political and psychoanalytic interpretation to the cinematic apparatus of classical Hollywood cinema. Mulvey coined the notion of the “male gaze” to the power asymmetry in representation and assigned gender roles that emphasised the patriarchal ideological agenda of the American film industry at the time.  The conference includes a special screening of the 1958 classic film Vertigo starring James Stewart and Kim Novak in the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.

Presentations at Conference Vertigo: 60th Anniversary

Prof. Charles Barr (UK): ” Vertigo: French Connections ”
Prof. Laura Mulvey (UK): ” The Metaphor of the Beautiful Automaton Reanimated: Artifice and Illusion in Vertigo  “

Prof. Sidney Gottlieb (USA): ” The Variety of Gazes in Vertigo, Part Deux  “

Prof. Richard William Allen (Hong Kong): ” Love and Death: VertigoDil Se, and the Circle of Influence “
Prof. Janet Bergstrom (USA): ” Forced Perspective in Vertigo: Art, Technology and Hitchcock’s German Silent Film Heritage ” 
Prof. Barbara Straumann (Switzerland)
: “Fatal Resemblances: Cross-mapping Hitchcock’s Vertigo with Nabokov’s Lolita  “

Prof. Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli (USA): ” Vertiginous Hauntings  “

Prof. Robert Belton (Canada): ” Triviality and Meaning in Vertigo: How the Incidental Amplifies Interpretive Excess  “

Dr. Christine Sprengler (Canada): ” “The Broom that Sweeps the Cobwebs Away “: Vertigo’s Soundtrack as Sound Art  “

Prof. Ned Schantz (Canada): ” The Hospitality of Scottie Ferguson in Vertigo “

Prof. Steven Jacobs (Belgium): ” The Tourist Guide Who Knew Too Much: Vertigo and the Monuments of San Francisco ”
Prof. Mark Osteen (USA): ” Versions of Vertigo: They Wake Up Screaming ”
Dr. Kevin Donnelly (UK): ” The Ascent of Vertigo  “
Prof. Dona Kercher (USA): “Dressing to Be Different: Almodóvar and Martel Refashion Vertigo

Prof. Mark Padilla (USA): ” Mapping the Mythical Terrain of Vertigo ”
Dr. Richard Blennerhassett (Ireland): “The Dark Side of Romance: ‘Shadow’ in Vertigo
Dr. Stephane Duckett (UK): “Post-War Gender Politics in Vertigo


Event Details:

Conference Venue: Trinity Long Room HUB, Trinity College Dublin

Date: Thursday 20 – Friday 21 September 2018

Time: 9am-4.30pm

Screening Venue: Lighthouse Cinema Dublin

Conference Tickets: €60  (includes film screening at Lighthouse Cinema)
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