Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bernard Herrmann month

I mentioned Bernard Herrmann's birthday back at the end of June, not realizing that TCM had already planned a month-long tribute to his movie scores for September. If you watch TCM religiously, you'll have seen the promo for the Herrmann festival of 23 movies scored by him, every Tuesday in September.

The festival kicks off tonight, with Hangover Square at 8:00 PM ET, and continues throughout the month. Herrmann wrote several scores for Alfred Hitchcock movies; those show up later in the month. Of the movies I haven't recommended before, tonight's highlight might be The Devil and Daniel Webster, based on the short story about Daniel Webster defending a farmer who signed a deal with the devil, and then wants to renege on it. That follows Hangover Square at 9:30 PM, and won Herrmann his only Oscar.

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