Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 shocker Psycho--Norman Bates, the shower scene, etc.--is paired with his 1958 psycho-thriller Vertigo. Here, San Francisco cop Stewart is afraid of heights. He falls for Kim Novak, loses her, then gradually loses his mind while trying to recreate her image with another woman (also Novak, unbeknownst to him). It’s eros and thanatos dancing to a classic score by Bernard Herrmann, pulling Stewart inexorably into the fatal whorl of his own passion, like the spiral curl of Novak’s blond hair, like the twisted tissues of his own cortex. See theater Web site for showtimes. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

March 19-25, 2010

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