Check out an original review of Vertigo from the prestigious British film magazine Sight and Sound from 1959.
It is posted at my blog here:
Vertigo is one of my very favourite movies.
The review was written by Penelope Houston and offers an interesting perspective on how the film was received on initial release. She believes that the film suffers from a plot of ‘egg-shell thinness’ and that one of its key problems is that of pacing: ‘this time he is repeating himself in slow motion’. She does not seem to have sensed the repressed passion that drives as an undercurrent throughout the film. This may be due to the fact that Vertigo is ultimately defined by its repeated viewing. The first viewing is only an introduction, but it is in the re-watching that the film starts to take hold and become an obsession.