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This is Bernard Hermann. I know that several of you probably thought that it was an obscure promotional still of a young Patrick Dempsey from the movie "Mobsters", but it's not. It's Bernard Hermann. For those of you who are not complete film sore nerds (One of the more unique and most obsessive subsets of film geekines), this man is probably the greatest film composer who ever lived. Back before the days when film scores were A.) Re-hashes of old film scores over the giant summer action movie B.) Shitty top 40 songs holding hands over some trite romantic comedy or C.) Some lo-fi indie band whining and strumming on a mandolin or something while hipsters bore me to death, scores were special. Real, orchestrated pieces of genuine music. Pure mood pieces that amplified and sometimes created the emotion of the movies they were often vastly superior to. Each one unique, each one creative. Theres is a day that is all but gone now and the number of truly great film scores seems to dwindle every year. However, like the films they adorn, we've got them forever... and a million Black Eyed Peas musical queefs can't take them away.
Today is Bernard Hermann's 100th birthday. Well, he's not alive anymore or anything, but it would be if he was. He died on Christmas Eve of 1975, hours after he finished recording the music to his final film, Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver". If this does not require reverence, I just plain don't know what does.
Here's a bit of one of my favorite works of his, the opening credits to Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (Saul Bass' brilliant title design doesn't hurt, either). Plus, just to show I'm not a complete curmudgeon, in the comments section there's also a very good song by Busta Rhymes and music video by Hype Williams that samples from it. I give credit where credit is due. See, I'm not such a bad guy, right?.......
.....Eh, whadda you know!