Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Just in from a loaded cinematic/symphonic experience - a screening of the original version of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho in the reverberant cavern of the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House. 
Celebrating 50 years since its release, the inimitable and thoroughly scarifying score (by Academy Award winning composer Bernard Herrmann) was played live, and brilliantly, by the Sydney Lyric Orchestra.
They say a picture paints a thousand words but in this case its the music that turns this simple tale into simply terrifying. 
Ok, it's not actually that scary in today's world (to be honest it's hilarious), but I can imagine that when audiences were pouring into cinemas in 1960 to see it, the suspense, the dramatic flair of the cast and the ghoulish special effects would have had them crapping themselves in terror. And mostly because of the music. 
I can't play it here but check out these images from the film... a feast for those with a penchant for melodrama and a secret desire to start writing from: It was a dark and stormy night...

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