All posts tagged: Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo’s Magnificent Score

I’m the type of person that can get a bit obsessive at times. Movies, TV shows, food (currently avocados), places; you name it, I can obsess over it. But music – whether it’s a song, artist, or album – has always been featured in the ultimate realm of my mind’s obsessions. In these bouts of preoccupation, I may replay the same single song dozens of times in a day. By the end of that day (or days) I feel overwhelmed by my fixation, but with each replay I continue to awaken with a jolt of comfort and happiness. In short, it’s a joyful sort of overwhelming. If I’m listening to something on repeat it’s because it moves me in indescribable ways. My current obsession has been the score to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film, Vertigo. It has come to the point where the music lives outside of Hitchcock’s world and is now a part of mine. I’ve listened to the entire soundtrack far more times than I’ve seen the film, and although I think Vertigo is spectacular, my love for Bernard Herrmann’s score reaches a place far beyond it. …

Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) “There’s no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” “Drama is life with all the dull bits cut out.” “A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.” “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” “Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” “If it’s a good movie the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.” “Luck is everything…My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.” “Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell …