Hitchcock’s Maestro is Bernard Herrmann baby !

“No one embodied the dramatic angst and sobriety of Hitchcock’s agenda more effectively than Bernard Herrmann. Through the earliest satiric strains of The Trouble with Harry to the cold war menace of Torn Curtain, Bernard Herrmann seemed the perfect musical expression of Hitchcock’s benign malevolence. “His most notable soundtracks are North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960) and Vertigo (1958) among others. (bernardherrmann.org)

Here is Mr. Bernard Herrmann himself with Alfred Hitchcock on the set of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). Unknown photographer. I am not the author of this image.Don’t forget to like us on Facebook here and check out the genius behind the costumes in Hitchcock’s films here

BH_56 Alfred Hitchcock and the overworked composer of The Man Who Knew Too Much, Bernard Herrmann


Hitchcock’s masterpieces made into comics

Spanish comic artist Alberto Muriel inverted the comic-into-film pattern that cinema has been following and did this very interesting homage to Alfred Hitchcock. He transformed the master’s most famous film scenes into comics. Check it out, see if you can guess the film.
Thank you Jules Eid for this contribution. I am not the author of these images. All rights go to Alberto Muriel and propellercomic.com
NB – Check out Hitchcock on the cover of French Vogue here.

Meet Saul Bass

A film is never individual work nor should it be reduced to one. Graphic designers who work on movie posters as well as credit sequences are more than mere accessories to great directorial works. Their task is to reduce the idea behind a film into one single image (that of the poster) without betraying it and then, they capture our attention during the credit sequence, as haunting or as comic as it is. Very few people have done this with more innovation than Saul Bass, back in the day when Photoshop was not available and censorship was tight.

“SAUL BASS (1920-1996) was not only one of the great graphic designers of the mid-20th century but the undisputed master of film title design thanks to his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and Martin Scorsese.

When the reels of film for Otto Preminger’s controversial new drugs movie, The Man with the Golden Arm, arrived at US movie theaters in 1955, a note was stuck on the cans – “Projectionists – pull curtain before titles”. Until then, the lists of cast and crew members which passed for movie titles were so dull that projectionists only pulled back the curtains to reveal the screen once they’d finished. But Preminger wanted his audience to see The Man with the Golden Arm’s titles as an integral part of the film.” (http://designmuseum.org/design/saul-bass/)
Bass also designed the credit sequence for Hitchcock’s “Psycho” & “North by Northwest”. Some of his other works are “Casino”, “Goodfellas”, “West Side Story”, “The Seven Year Itch” etc.

Here is a portrait of the artist, undated (and unknown photographer ) & some of his spectacular work on our favorite film posters. No introduction needed.

For another compelling film poster, this time from Poland, check out https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/kanal-film-poster/