Vertigo with Robert Cumbow

March 26, 2017

USA | 1958 | Total Event = 6 hours | Alfred Hitchcock

Easily one of Hitchcock's most intriguingly crafted films, Vertigo displays the master director in peak form. Filled with memorable and iconic moments including the dolly zoom effect or the kiss in which the camera and music spin into a miraculously orgasmic sequence, deeper exploration into Vertigo supports Hitchcock's technical mastery as he weaves a narrative and stylistic web that intentionally traps the viewers right where he wants them. Film professor Robert Cumbow returns to lead our six-hour appreciation of the craft that made Hitch the Master of (more than just) Suspense.

Special Engagement
$20 | $15 Members | $19 Seniors & Youth
SIFF Cinema passes, vouchers, and other discounts are not valid

Note: Participants are recommended to have seen Vertigo in advance of the session. We will not be screening the film in it's entirety before the dissection begins.

About the Facilitator
Robert Cumbow has taught in Seattle University's Film Studies Program since 2010. His courses have included Westerns, Horror Films, Vampire Films, Hitchcock, Kubrick, and David Lynch. He has also taught mini-courses on Westerns, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, and Kathryn Bigelow at the Northwest Film Forum, and last year conducted the SIFF Cinema Dissection of Psycho. An attorney, Mr. Cumbow practices trademark and copyright law at the Seattle office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, and also counsels artists and arts organizations in intellectual property and media law issues. He has been an advisor on several Seattle-made independent films. He has written books on Sergio Leone and John Carpenter, and numerous articles on film, most of which are collected at

About Cinema Dissection
Cinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Inspired by Roger Ebert's annual Cinema Interruptus in Boulder, CO, attendees will participate with a facilitator in a six hour scene-by-scene, and sometimes shot-by-shot, deconstruction of the featured film. While the facilitator will certainly share their thoughts, anyone in the audience may call out 'Stop' and either ask a question of the group or make an observation around a certain shot or moment in the film.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Country: USA
Year: 1958
Running Time: Total Event = 6 hours