“If I do what you tell me, will you love me?” Hitchcock is sometimes accused of misogyny, but while the central point of view in Vertigo is that of James Stewart’s lovesick detective, the film quite clearly sides with the female characters, looking on helplessly as he pines for a suicidal blonde who doesn’t exist. Tells you all you need to know about romantic obsession. Do men fall for the down-to-earth dame with the sense of humour? Do they heck.

Anne Billson discusses ‘Five things Alfred Hitchcock’s films taught me’. Read more here