An essential Hitchcock. Why? Take note of the visual expression. It’s very very strong. So strong, it becomes overwhelming. At points, the mise-en-scène is not unlike Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. It’s too much. It is important to notice the growth of a director. Now watch Vertigo. The expression is in perfect balance. Still vibrant and memorable but controlled. Modern filmmakers must look upon their decor as if seasoning a dish with pepper.
Though Tarkovsky and Kubrick are exceptional directors, Hitchcock is the one young filmmakers should become the most familiar with.