Sept. 16, 2001

American Cinematheque Presents...

Douglas Gordon & Vertigo

Presented in collaboration with MOCA

Special Thanks to Michael Darling/MOCA

Tickets available 30 days in advance.



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Scottish Video Artist Douglas Gordon will appear in-person at the American Cinematheque on Sunday, September 16, 2001 to present FEATURE FILM (1999, Artangel, 81 min), a piece that examines the suspense created by Bernard Herrmann’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO. Following a discussion with Gordon about FEATURE FILM, Hitchcock’s VERTIGO will play as the second part of the double feature. This special event coincides with MOCA’s exhibition "Douglas Gordon" at The Geffen Contemporary (September 16, 2001 - January 20, 2002).

While well-known in Europe, this is the first survey of the artist’s work in the United States. Over the past decade, Douglas Gordon has emerged as one of the most important artists of his generation and is highly visible on the international art circuit. Best know for his work in video, Gordon burst onto the scene with his now infamous 24 HOUR PSYCHO (1993), one of an on-going series of video installations that made viewers reconsider cinema classics. Well-known films are often the subject of Gordon's artistic scrutiny -- through such works as VERTIGO, REAR WINDOW, THE EXORCIST, THE SEARCHERS and others, the artist probes ideas about memory, perception and the human condition.

MOCA Members will receive the Cinematheque Member discount for this event with a valid MOCA membership card. All guests are subject to their availability.


Sunday, September 16, 2001 - 5:00 PM


FEATURE FILM (1999, Artangel, 81 min). Gordon focuses on Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO, stripping away the film's imagery and dialogue, leaving just the stirring soundtrack to communicate suspense. Gordon has enlisted James Conlon and a full orchestra to perform the score, and has trained his camera on the body of the conductor as the sole visual accompaniment to the music.

Next on the same bill is Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO (1958, Universal, 128 min.) Not popular on its initial release, VERTIGO is now acknowledged as one of Hitchcock's most important and rewarding masterpieces, a deliriously romantic, fearlessly dark tale of lost love and sexual obsession. James Stewart's role of a vertigo-afflicted former cop haunted by ghostly flame Kim Novak is his most daring, complex performance. Hitchcock, his actors and composer Bernard Herrmann make all the elements mesh, creating a dreamlike whirlpool where the slightest emotional vulnerability can plunge you into a maelstrom of psychic destruction. Discussion between films with artist Douglas Gordon.