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Bernard Herrmann
1911 - 1975

Bernard Herrmann, (born June 29, 1911, New York, N.Y., U.S.—died Dec. 24, 1975, Los Angeles, Calif.), American composer and conductor, widely recognized for his film scores. His music for Psycho (1960) has remained a paragon of suspense-film sound tracks.

Herrmann was born into a family of Russian immigrants. While still a student at DeWitt Clinton public high school in the Bronx, he took composition and conducting classes at New York University. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music (now Juilliard School), and in the 1930s he was one of a group of young composers associated with the composer Charles Ives.In 1934 CBS radio hired Herrmann to work as a composer and arranger and to conduct the CBS Symphony Orchestra. At CBS he also worked on the radio show Mercury Theatre on the Air—directed by Orson Welles—for which he composed music in a wide range of styles to heighten the dramatic effect of the plays.


When Welles signed a contract to write and direct a film in 1939, he brought many of his Mercury players and Herrmann along with him, thus launching Herrmann’s career in film music.

Although his scores for Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) and, subsequently, for William Dieterle’s All That Money Can Buy (1941, Academy Award) were highly acclaimed, Herrmann’s work with suspense-film director Alfred Hitchcock in the 1950s and ’60s won him the widest recognition. Among Herrmann’s most significant Hitchcock scores were those for Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and, especially, Psycho (1960). Aside from his film scores, Herrmann wrote music for various television series, including Rawhide and Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.

Herrmann also composed a variety of concert music, including, most notably, an operatic setting of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1943–51). Throughout his career, however, film and television scores remained the primary focus of his creative activity. Herrmann died in 1975, just one day after completing his score for director Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver (1976).

1941 Citizen Kane
1941 The Devil and Daniel Webster

1942 The Magnificent Ambersons 
1943 Jane Eyre   
1946 Anna and the King of Siam   
1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still 
1951 On Dangerous Ground  
1952 The Snows of Kilimanjaro
1953 White Witch Doctor  
1954 The Egyptian
1955 The Trouble with Harry
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much
1956 The Wrong Man

1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit  
1958 Vertigo
1958 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

1959 North by Northwest
1960 Psycho
1960 The 3 Worlds of Gulliver

1961 Mysterious Island

1962 Cape Fear 
1963 Jason and the Argonauts 
1963 The Birds
1964 Marnie

1966 Torn Curtain
1966 Fahrenheit 451
1968 The Bride Wore Black

1969 Battle of Neretva

1974 It's Alive
1976 Obsession    
1976 Taxi Driver


The Music of Bernard Herrmann

0:00 Citizen Kane (1941) - Overture
2:46 The Snows Of Kilimanjaro (1952) - Romance
11:04 The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - Prelude
13:21 Vertigo (1958) - Prelude & Nightmare
18:20 The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958) - Main Title
20:22 North By Northwest (1959) - Prelude
23:27 Psycho (1960) - Suite
30:46 Cape Fear (1962) - Suite 
36:26 Taxi Driver (1976) - Night Piece For Saxophone and Orchestra

The Best of Bernard Herrmann

01.Vertigo - Carlotta's Portrait 0:00:02
02.Transformation 0:01:59
03.Prelude/Rooftop 0:02:11
04.The McKittrick 0:07:05
05.The Bay 0:08:30
06.The Forest 0:10:23
07.The Tower 0:13:48
08.The Letter 0:16:22
09.Scene d'Amour 0:19:40
10.San Juan Bautista 0:26:23
11.Psycho - Flight (original score, 1960) 0:29:08
12.Car Lot 0:29:49
13.Hotel Room 0:32:01
14.The Madhouse 0:34:06
15.The Murder (Jerry Goldsmith, conductor) 0:36:00
16.The Clean Up (Danny Elfman/Steve Bartek) 0:36:58
17.The Car 0:38:39
18.The Hill 0:39:32
19.The Cellar 0:40:37
20. Discovery 41:43
21.North by Northwest  0:42:04
22.Cheers! 0:45:21
23.The Elevator 0:46:01
24. The U.N. 46:46
25.Crash Of The Cropduster 0:47:46
26.The Television 0:49:50
27.The Trouble With Harry - Tea Time 0:50:31
28.*The Wrong Man* - Jail Cell 0:52:11
29.*The Man Who Knew Too Much* 0:53:36
30.The Birds - Opening Credits 0:55:52
31.Marnie - The Nightmare/The Word Game  0:57:33
32.Torn Curtain - The Killing 0:59:11
33.The Devil & Daniel Webster - Pursuit & Happiness 1:01:16
34.Hangover Square - Concerto Macabre 1:04:01 
35.5 Fingers - The Safe 1:15:56
36.Citizen Kane 1:19:07 ("Rosebud" at 1:21:06)
37.Salamnbo Aria (Kiri Te Kanawa) 1:21:48
38.Wuthering Heights - I have dreamt (Renée Fleming) 1:26:06
39.The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1:29:00
40.The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 1:32:59
41.Fahrenheit 451 1:33:58
42.The Day The Earth Stood Still 1:35:37 
43.Journey to the Center of the Earth - Mountain Top & Sunrise 1:37:38
44.The Egyptian 1:39:50
45.On Dangerous Ground 1:41:30
46.Cape Fear 1:43:54
47.It's Alive - Lamentation 1:45:06 
48.Sisters - Phillip's Murder 1:48:20
49.Obsession - The Ferry 1:51:24
50.Memorabilia 1:54:11 
51.The Twisted Nerve 1:57:07
52.Taxi Driver 1:58:38 
53."I heard voices" 2:00:55


Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane is a 1941 American mystery drama film by Orson Welles, its producer, co-screenwriter, director and star. The picture was Welles's first feature film. Nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories, it won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles. Considered by many critics, filmmakers, and fans to be the greatest film ever made, Citizen Kane was voted as such in five consecutive British Film Institute Sight & Sound polls of critics, and it topped the American Film Institute's 100 Years ... 100 Movies list in 1998, as well as its 2007 update. Citizen Kane is particularly praised for its cinematography, music, editing and narrative structure, which have been considered innovative and precedent-setting.

Citizen Kane - Suite - Soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann


The Devil and Daniel Webster

The Devil and Daniel Webster is a 1941 fantasy film, adapted by Stephen Vincent Benét and Dan Totheroh from Benét's short story, "The Devil and Daniel Webster". The film's title was changed to All That Money Can Buy to avoid confusion with another film released by RKO that year, The Devil and Miss Jones, but later had the title restored on some prints. It has also been released under the titles Mr. Scratch, Daniel and the Devil and Here Is a Man. The film stars Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, and James Craig.

A retelling of the Faust legend, set in 1840s rural New Hampshire, it was directed by German-born actor-director William Dieterle who (under his original name, Wilhelm Dieterle) played a featured role in F. W. Murnau's epic silent version of Faust in 1926.

The Devil and Daniel Webster 1941 Trailer

Bernard Herrmann : The Devil and Daniel Webster, Suite from the film music (1941)


The Magnificent Ambersons

The Magnificent Ambersons is a 1942 American period drama, the second feature film produced and directed by Orson Welles. Welles adapted Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer Prize–winning 1918 novel, about the declining fortunes of a wealthy Midwestern family and the social changes brought by the automobile age. The film stars Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead and Ray Collins, with Welles providing the narration.

Welles lost control of the editing of The Magnificent Ambersons to RKO, and the final version released to audiences differed significantly from his rough cut of the film. More than an hour of footage was cut by the studio, which also shot and substituted a happier ending. Although Welles's extensive notes for how he wished the film to be cut have survived, the excised footage was destroyed. Composer Bernard Herrmann insisted his credit be removed when, like the film itself, his score was heavily edited by the studio.

Even in the released version, The Magnificent Ambersons is often regarded as among the best U.S. films ever made, a distinction it shares with Welles's first film, Citizen Kane. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1991.


Bernard Herrmann - The Magnificent Ambersons Score (1942)


Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is an American film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name, released by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Kenneth Macgowan and Orson Welles, both uncredited. The film stars Welles and Joan Fontaine. Elizabeth Taylor made an early, uncredited appearance as Helen Burns.

The screenplay was written by John Houseman, Aldous Huxley and director Robert Stevenson. The music score was by Bernard Herrmann and the cinematography by George Barnes.

Jane Eyre - 1943

Bernard Herrmann - Jane Eyre


Anna and the King of Siam

Anna and the King of Siam is a 1946 drama film directed by John Cromwell. An adaptation of the 1944 novel of the same name by Margaret Landon, it was based on the fictionalized diaries of Anna Leonowens, an Anglo-Indian woman who claimed to be British and became governess in the Royal Court of Siam (now modern Thailand) during the 1860s. Darryl F. Zanuck read Landon's book in galleys and immediately bought the film rights.

The story mainly concerns the culture clash of the Imperialist Victorian values of the British Empire with the supposedly autocratic rule of Siam's King Mongkut. The successful film starred Rex Harrison as the king and Irene Dunne as Anna. At the 19th Academy Awards ceremony, the film received two Oscars; for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction (Lyle R. Wheeler, William S. Darling, Thomas Little, Frank E. Hughes). Also nominated were Bernard Herrmann for the score, the screenwriters and supporting actress Gale Sondergaard.

Landon's novel was later adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein for their 1951 stage musical The King and I and subsequent 1956 film of the same name. American film director Andy Tennant remade the film in 1999 as Anna and the King with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-fat.

The portrayal of Tuptim in Anna and the King of Siam, is considerably less sympathetic than in the musical version The King and I, as the 1946 film shows animosity between Tuptim and Anna, while the musical makes her into a romantic character. Also, Tuptim is ultimately executed cruelly by the king, following an episode in Leonowens's book, while in the musical, her fate is made ambiguous.

Anna and the King of Siam

Bernard Herrmann - Anna and The King of Siam


The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) is a romantic-fantasy film starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. It was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and is based on a 1945 novel written by Josephine Leslie under the pseudonym of R. A. Dick. In 1945, 20th Century Fox bought the film rights to the novel, which had been published only in the United Kingdom at that time. It was shot entirely in California.

The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1944)

Bernard Herrmann ‎– The Ghost And Mrs. Muir 


The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still (a.k.a. Farewell to the Master and Journey to the World) is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein and directed by Robert Wise. The film stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe, and Sam Jaffe. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North, based on the 1940 science fiction short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, and the film score was composed by Bernard Herrmann.

The storyline for The Day the Earth Stood Still involves a humanoid alien visitor named Klaatu that comes to Earth, accompanied by a powerful eight-foot tall robot, Gort, to deliver an important message that will affect the entire human race.

In 1995, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Day the Earth Stood Still - trailer

The Day The Earth Stood Still - Soundtrack Suite - Bernard Herrmann


On Dangerous Ground

On Dangerous Ground is a 1951 film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by John Houseman. The screenplay was written by A. I. Bezzerides based on the novel Mad with Much Heart, by Gerald Butler. The drama features Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, and others.

On Dangerous Ground - trailer

Bernard Herrmann - On Dangerous Ground, Suite from the film music (1951)


The Snows of Kilimanjaro

The Snows of Kilimanjaro is a 1952 American Technicolor film based on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film version of the short story was directed by Henry King, written by Casey Robinson, and starred Gregory Peck as Harry, Susan Hayward as Helen, and Ava Gardner as Cynthia Green (a character invented for the film). The film's ending does not mirror the story's ending.

Considered by Hemingway to be one of his finest stories, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" was first published in Esquire magazine in 1936 and then republished in The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938).

The film was nominated for two Oscars at the 25th Academy Awards, for Best Cinematography, Color and Best Art Direction, Color (Lyle R. Wheeler, John DeCuir, Thomas Little, Paul S. Fox).

The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Susan Hayward

Bernard Herrmann : The Snows of Kilimanjaro 
Suite from the film music
Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bernard Herrmann.


White Witch Doctor

White Witch Doctor is a 1953 Technicolor adventure film made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Otto Lang from a screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, based on the 1950 novel by Louise A. Stinetorf. The music score (notable for its use of the serpent, an obsolete instrument) was by Bernard Herrmann, and the cinematography by Leon Shamroy.

The film stars Susan Hayward and Robert Mitchum, also featuring Walter Slezak, and was set in the Belgian Congo in 1907.

White Witch Doctor (1953) Trailer

White Witch Doctor - Suite - Bernard Herrmann


The Egyptian 

The Egyptian is a 1954 American epic drama film made by 20th Century Fox. Filmed in CinemaScope with color by DeLuxe, it was directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It is based on Mika Waltari's novel of the same name and the screenplay was adapted by Philip Dunne and Casey Robinson. Leading roles were played by Edmund Purdom, Bella Darvi, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Peter Ustinov, and Michael Wilding. Cinematographer Leon Shamroy was nominated for an Academy Award in 1955.

The Egyptian 

The Egyptian - Alfred Newman & Bernard Herrmann (suite)
01. Prelude-The Ruins-The Red Sea and Childhood-The Nile & the Temple
02. Crocodile Inn-Thebes
03. Her Name Was Merit
04. The Chariot Ride-Pursuit
05. The Pharaoh, Akhnatun
06. Put Them in Chains-The Throne Room
07. The Throne Room, Part 2
08. Taia
09. Nefer, Nefer, Nefer
10. The Harp and Couch
11. The Lotus Pool
12. Hymn to Aton
13. Sights, Sounds and Smells
14. The True Pharaoh
15. The Princess
16. The Tomb
17. The Death Potion
18. The Death of Merit
19. The Death of Akhnaton


The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit is a 1956 American drama film based on the 1955 novel of the same name by Sloan Wilson. The film focuses on Tom Rath, a young World War II veteran trying to balance his marriage and family life with the demands of a new job while dealing with the aftereffects of his war service. The film stars Gregory Peck as Rath and Jennifer Jones as his wife, with Fredric March, Lee J. Cobb, Keenan Wynn and Marisa Pavan in supporting roles. It was entered at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit

Bernard Herrmann -- The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Complete Soundtrack -- Part I

Bernard Herrmann -- The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Complete Soundtrack -- Part II

Bernard Herrmann -- The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Complete Soundtrack -- Part III

Bernard Herrmann -- The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Complete Soundtrack -- Part IV


The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a 1958 Technicolor heroic fantasy adventure film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Charles H. Schneer, directed by Nathan H. Juran, that stars Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, and Alec Mango. 

This was the first of three Sinbad feature films from Columbia, the much later two being The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). All three Sinbad films were conceptualized by Ray Harryhausen who used a full color widescreen stop-motion animation technique he created called Dynamation.

While similarly named, the film does not follow the storyline of the tale "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor" but instead has more in common with the Third and Fifth voyages of Sinbad.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad was selected in 2008 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

"The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad" - Soundtrack Suite - BERNARD HERRMANN 
Conducted by Kurt Graunke - Graunke Symphony Orchestra
1. Overture
2. The Princess/ Stone Gate
3. The Cyclops
3. Baghdad
4. Sultans Feast
5. Cobra Dance
6. Tiny Princess
7.  Battle with the Cyclops/Death of Cyclops
8.  Fight with The Roc
9.  Duel with The Skeleton

The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958) - Trailer

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) ORIGINAL TRAILER


The 3 Worlds of Gulliver

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver is a 1960 Eastmancolor Columbia Pictures fantasy film loosely based upon the 18th century Irish novel Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. The film stars Kerwin Mathews as the title character, June Thorburn as his fiancée Elizabeth, and child actress Sherry Alberoni as Glumdalclitch.

Filmed in England and Spain, Gulliver was directed by Jack Sher and featured stop-motion animation and special visual effects by Ray Harryhausen. The cast includes Martin Benson as Flimnap, Lee Patterson as Reldresal, Jo Morrow as Gwendolyn, Mary Ellis as the Queen of Brobdingnag, Marian Spencer as the Empress of Lilliput, Peter Bull as Lord Bermogg, and Alec Mango as the Minister of Lilliput.

The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver - Soundtrack Suite - Bernard Herrmann

The 3 worlds of Gulliver - (1960) - Trailer


Mysterious Island

Mysterious Island is a 1961 science fiction adventure film about prisoners in the American Civil War who escape in a balloon and then find themselves stranded on a remote island populated by giant mutated animals. Based very loosely upon the 1874 novel The Mysterious Island (L'Île mystérieuse) by Jules Verne (which was the sequel to two other novels by Verne, 1867's In Search of the Castaways and 1870s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), the film was produced by Charles H. Schneer and directed by Cy Endfield. Shot in Catalonia, Spain, and at Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, England, the film serves as a showcase for Ray Harryhausen's stop motion animation effects. Like several of Harryhausen's classic productions, the musical score was composed by Bernard Herrmann. The film was remade in 2005.

Mysterious Island - Soundtrack Suite - Bernard Herrmann

"Mysterious Island" (1961) Trailer


Cape Fear

Cape Fear is a 1962 American psychological thriller film starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam, and Polly Bergen. It was adapted by James R. Webb from the 1957 novel The Executioners by John D. MacDonald. It was initially storyboarded by Alfred Hitchcock (who was slated to direct but who quit over a dispute), subsequently directed by J. Lee Thompson, and released on April 12, 1962. The film concerns an attorney whose family is stalked by a criminal he helped to send to jail.

Cape Fear was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese. Peck, Mitchum, and Balsam all appeared in the remake.

Cape Fear (1962) - Trailer

Bernard Herrmann - Cape Fear (1962) - 1. Main Title

Bernard Herrmann - Cape Fear (1962) - 2. The Dream

Bernard Herrmann - Cape Fear (1962) - 3. Cady At The Boat

Bernard Herrmann - Cape Fear (1962) - 4. Cady Is Attacked

Bernard Herrmann - Cape Fear (1962) - 5. Sam Leaves The Case To The Judge

Bernard Herrmann - Cape Fear (1962) - 6. Final Confrontation


Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts (Jason and the Golden Fleece) is a 1963 independently made Anglo-American fantasy film based upon Greek mythology, produced by Charles H. Schneer, directed by Don Chaffey, that stars Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Honor Blackman, and Gary Raymond. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures.

The film was made in collaboration with stop-motion animation master Ray Harryhausen and is known for its various fantasy creatures, notably the iconic fight scene featuring seven skeleton warriors.

The film score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, who also worked with Harryhausen on the fantasy films The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960), and Mysterious Island (1961).

Jason And The Argonauts (1963) - Trailer

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)



Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is a 1966 British dystopian drama film directed by François Truffaut and starring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, and Cyril Cusack. Based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury, the film takes place in a controlled society in an oppressive future in which the government sends out firemen to destroy all literature to prevent revolution and thinking. This was Truffaut's first colour film as well as his only English-language film. At the 1966 Venice Film Festival, Fahrenheit 451 was nominated for the Golden Lion.

Fahrenheit 451 - (1966) - Trailer

Fahrenheit 451 -| Soundtrack Suite - Bernard Herrmann
-00:00 = "Prelude / Fire Trucks"
-01:54 = "Monorail / The Girl"
-02:41 = "Interrogation / Montag Is Followed"
-04:18 = "The Bedroom / Second Monorail"
-05:48 = "Something Is Wrong With The Pole / The Old House"
-06:48 = "Montag And The Girl Have Coffee / The Informer"
-07:38 = "The Reading"
-09:08 = "Montag Faints / Linda, The Informer / Montag Finds The Girl"
-10:29 = "Flame Thrower / Captain's Death"
-11:23 = "The Book People / The Final Show / Finale"


The Bride Wore Black 

The Bride Wore Black (La Mariée était en noir) is a 1968 French film directed by François Truffaut and based on the novel of the same name by William Irish, a pseudonym for Cornell Woolrich. It stars Jeanne Moreau, Charles Denner, Alexandra Stewart, Michel Bouquet, Michael Lonsdale, Claude Rich and Jean-Claude Brialy.

It is a revenge film in which a widowed woman hunts the five men who killed her husband on her wedding day. She wears only white, black or a combination of the two.

The Bride Wore Black (1968) trailer

Bernard Herrmann - The Bride Wore Black
Suite from the film music
Arranged by Christopher Palmer as 'A Musical Scenario' 
Prelude - Femme Fatale - The Accident - Love and Death - Funeral - Finale
Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Elmer Bernstein.


Battle of Neretva

Battle of Neretva (Serbo-Croatian: Bitka na Neretvi / Битка на Неретви, Slovene: Bitka na Neretvi) is a 1969 Yugoslavian partisan film. The film was written by Stevan Bulajić and Veljko Bulajić, and directed by Veljko Bulajić. It is based on the true events of World War II. The Battle of the Neretva was due to a strategic plan for a combined Axis powers attack in 1943 against the Yugoslav Partisans. The plan was also known as the Fourth Enemy Offensive and occurred in the area of the Neretva river in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Battle of Neretva is the most expensive motion picture made in the SFR Yugoslavia. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the year after Sergei Bondarchuk (playing the role of Martin in Neretva) won the honour for War and Peace. The score for the English-speaking versions was composed by Bernard Herrmann. Its soundtrack was released by Entr'acte Recording Society in 1974. It was re-released on Southern Cross Records on CD.

Battle of Neretva (1969) trailer

Bernard Herrmann - The Battle of Neretva 


It's Alive

It's Alive is a 1974 American horror film written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen. In the film, a couple's infant child turns out to be a vicious mutant monster that kills when frightened. Notable talents involved in the movie were Bernard Herrmann who composed the score (noted for his work on many films of Alfred Hitchcock) and Rick Baker for makeup and puppet effects.

Bernard Herrmann: music from Island of the Alive
Arranged & Conducted by Laurie Johnson.

It's Alive - 1974 - (Trailer)



Obsession is a 1976 psychological thriller/mystery film directed by Brian De Palma, starring Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, and Stocker Fontelieu. The screenplay was by Paul Schrader, from a story by De Palma and Schrader. Bernard Herrmann provided the film's soundtrack prior to his death in 1975. The story is about a New Orleans businessman who is haunted by guilt following the death of his wife and daughter during a kidnapping-rescue attempt. Years after the tragedy, he meets and falls in love with a young woman who is the exact look-alike of his long dead wife.

Both De Palma and Schrader have pointed to Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) as the major inspiration for Obsession's narrative and thematic concerns. Schrader's script was extensively rewritten and pared down by De Palma prior to shooting, causing the screenwriter to proclaim a complete lack of interest in the film's subsequent production and release. Completed in 1975, Columbia Pictures picked up the distribution rights but demanded that minor changes be made to reduce potentially controversial aspects of the plot. When finally released in the late summer of 1976, it became De Palma's first substantial box office success and received a mixed response from critics.

Obsession - 1976 - trailer

Geneviève Bujold in Obsession (1976)

Obsession (1976)

Bernard Herrmann - Obsession 1976


Taxi Driver 

Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader, and starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Albert Brooks and Leonard Harris. Set in a decaying New York City following the Vietnam War, the film tells the story of a lonely veteran (De Niro) working as a taxi driver, who descends into insanity as he plots to assassinate a presidential candidate (Harris) and then the pimp (Keitel) of an underage prostitute (Foster) whom he befriends.

Critically acclaimed upon release and nominated for four Academy Awards, including for Best Picture, Best Actor (for De Niro) and Best Supporting Actress (for Foster), Taxi Driver won the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. The film generated controversy upon release mostly because of its depiction of violence and casting of a 12-year old Foster as the child prostitute. It is regularly cited by critics, film directors, and audiences alike as one of the greatest films of all time. In 2012, Sight & Sound named it the 31st-best film ever in its decennial critics' poll, ranked with The Godfather Part II, and the fifth-greatest film of all time on its directors' poll. The film was considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant by the US Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1994.

Taxi Driver - 1976 - trailer

Taxi Driver - 1976 - last scene

Taxi Driver - Full original soundtrack - Bernard Herrmann
00:00 Main Title
02:16 Thank God for the Rain
03:57 Cleaning the Cab
05:05 I Still Can’t Sleep / They Cannot Touch Her (Betsy’s Theme)
09:40 Phone Call / I Realize How Much She is Like the Others / A Strange Customer / Watching Palantine on TV / You’re Gonna Die In Hell / Betsy’s Theme / Hitting The Girl
15:53 The .44 Magnum is a Monster
19:17 Getting Into Shape / Listen You Screwheads / Gun Play / Dear Father & Mother / The Card / Soap Opera
24:44 Sport and Iris
27:05 The $20 Bill / Target Practice
29:39 Assassination Attempt / After the Carnage
34:45 A Reluctant Hero / Betsy / End Credits
39:32 Diary of a Taxi Driver (Album Version)
44:02 God’s Lonely Man (Album Version, with Alternate Ending)
46:10 Theme from Taxi Driver
50:16 I Work the Whole City
52:42 Betsy in a White Dress
55:00 The Days Do Not End
59:06 Theme from Taxi Driver (Reprise)

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