Kim Novak to be honored at 'Vertigo' showing at Castro in May
February 9, 2018
Updated: February 9, 2018 1:32pm
Chronicle Staff Report February 9, 2018 Updated: February 9, 2018 1:32pm
Kim Novak, best known for her performance in Alfred Hitchock's "Vertigo," will be honored at a 60th anniversary screening of the movie on Sunday, May 20, at the Castro Theatre.
"Kim Novak has a permanent place in history thanks to 'Vertigo,' said Chronicle Movie Critic Mick LaSalle, "but her other films - like "Pushover" - are worth discovering as well."
Among Novak's other credits are "Picnic" (1955), "The Man With the Golden Arm" (1955), "Pal Joey" (1957) and "Bell, Book and Candle (1958)." But it is her role as the mysterious Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton opposite Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock's thriller set in San Francisco that will most be remembered.
"I know that Hitchcock gave me a lot of freedom in creating the character," Novak told film critic Roger Ebert in 1996, "but he was very exact in telling me exactly what to do. How to move, where to stand. I think you can see a little of me resisting that in some of the shots, kind of insisting on my own identity."
Novak, 85, will be interviewed onstage by Eddie Muller, the producer and host of Noir City: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival. The event, produced by Marc Huestis Events, also will feature video clips and a meet and greet with Novak, who also will show her artworks.
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