Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' is about detective agents, and while Bernard Hermann is in fact not one of those, his score follows the film with the tact and grace of a spy trying not to step on egg shells, with impressively short motifs and cues that keep the film fluid, moving at a constant pace.
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10/10 Tom 31st May 2018
It's impossible to separate Alfred Hitchcock's greatest movies from their soundtracks; you can probably hear the violin stabs as you imagine the infamous shower scene in Psycho. In terms of marrying the sound and vision of tension, few relationships were as artistically fruitful as that of Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann.
Bernard Herrmann may be the film composer's film composer, and Vertigo is his most masterful set of compositions. Full of circular melodies, Herrmann perfectly conjures the fear of falling throughout the soundtrack (especially on the main theme 'Prelude/Rooftop') but elsewhere he carries along the emotional subtext of the movie (loss and obsession) with long, dramatic movements that have a nostalgic, almost tragic undertone.
The best films often also have the best soundtracks and in this regard Vertigo has to be considered one of the all time greats.
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