Kim Novak to Attend Cannes ‘Vertigo’ screening

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Thesp to be fest's guest of honor

PARIS — Alfred Hitchcock’s restored masterpiece “Vertigo” will unspool at the Cannes Film Festival in the presence of the 1958’s pic’s star, Kim Novak, who is the fest’s guest of honor.

Novak will also take part in the fest’s closing ceremony on May 26 to award one of the nods. Thesp first attended Cannes in 1959 for the presentation of Delbert Mann’s “Middle of the Night.”

Reminiscing on her role in “Vertigo,” which Hitchcock described as “a love story with a strange atmosphere,” Novak said, “What was interesting was that the scene reflected what I was going through at the time: it was the story of a woman who was forced to be someone she wasn’t.”

As the fest noted, Novak “left Hollywood prematurely to devote herself to painting.”

Novak’s credits also include Billy Wilder’s “Kiss Me, Stupid,” Richard Quine’s “Bell, Book and Candle” and “Strangers When We Meet.”

Cannes Classics’ complete lineup has yet to be unveiled.

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  1. David Atkins says:

    Superb recognition for Ms. Novak whose body of work most notably Vertigo but also great work in Picnic, Strangers When We Meet, Of Human Bondage, Moll Flanders and wicked turn jousting with her peer Elizabeth Taylor in The Mirror Crac’d. In a great career Novak worked with the best of Hollywood: Directors such as Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, and her one time swain Richard Quine, and co stars such as Rita Hayworth, William Holden, Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart, Roz Russell,
    Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Fred Astaire, Peter Finch, Frederic March, Ben Kingsley, Jack Lemmon, Judy Holiday, Frank Sinatra, James Garner etc.

  2. Brian Hannan says:

    Kim Novak is a remarkably under-appreciated actress. She was superb in Bell, Book And Candle, Strangers When We Meet (another under-appreciated movie) and of course Vertigo. I have added a mere bagatelle to the vast Hitchcock library with two books this year “Darkness Visible” and “Hitchcock’s Hollywood Hell” (available on all good Kindles) and one of the joys of writing is the opportunity to go back and watch the classics again. Ir’s a shame that the Hitchcock bandwagon has been hijacked in recent times by the endless bleating of Tippi Hedren, who is not in Novak’s league as either an actress or a box office attraction. Let’s hope Novak has something to say about Hitchcock at Cannes and let’s hope the screening kicks of another wave of eulogising.

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