Obsession, Love, and Guilt combine with incredible performances, musical score, and direction to tell a story that keeps you riveted from the very first second to the very last second!
What else can I say. Jimmy Stewart is gosh darn perfect as John "Scottie" Ferguson. Kim Novak is smokin' hot (even in those fifties clothes) as Madeleine, Scottie's old college friend's wife. Bernard Herrmann's soundtrack sets the right tone as the movie moves in and near San Francisco. Even J.R. Ewing's mom (Barbara Bel Geddes) is great as Scottie's gal pal Midge.
I know nothing about film-making but even I could see how the cinematography adds to the "feel" of the movie. Watch the movie and see how the camera pans through a scene to set the mood.
This film is a visual tone poem. Even when not much is happening on the screen (a good part of the film is Scottie just driving around) you can feel the tension.
In the hands of a lesser director, this story ends up as Brian de Palma's film Body Double.
This movie is also a love letter to San Francisco. We spend a lot of time looking at the scenery, which helps to set the, for lack of a better word, "mysterious" mood.
My girlfriend says this movie is boring because nothing is happening most of the time. Something is always happening in this film if you are watching closely.
Be sure to catch it next time it comes on one of the movie channels.