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Cinematheque sets showings of films with Bernard Herrmann scores

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 14, 2014



It's a sequel of sorts to the Cleveland Orchestra's performance of Herrmann's music for "Psycho." The official word, including the schedule and movie descriptions is below. Above, a selection from Herrmann's music for "Obsession," which will be shown at the Cinematheque.

Two days after The Cleveland Orchestra presents a live performance of Bernard Herrmann’s music for Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque begins a four-day “Bernard Herrmann Weekend.” The weekend, which runs from April 24 through 27, consists of six more films with memorable Herrmann scores: CITIZEN KANE. MARNIE, THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER, ON DANGEROUS GROUND, and OBSESSION. All will show from 35mm in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Admission to all films except THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER is $9; Cinematheque members $7; age 25 & under $6. Admission to THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER is $10; Cinematheque members $8; age 25 & under $7. A second film on the same day costs an additional $6.


Herrmann (1911-1975) was one of the greatest of all film composers. His music enhances some of the most significant movies ever made; in addition to the films mentioned above, he scored THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, VERTIGO, and TAXI DRIVER, among many others. (Serendipitously, the CWRU Film Society shows TAXI DRIVER and VERTIGO on April 18 and 19 in Case Western’s Strosacker Auditorium, a few days before PSYCHO screens at Severance Hall.) Herrmann also penned concert works, an opera, and a cantata, to say nothing of music for radio and TV shows like The Twilight Zone.


“I have long been a collector of Bernard Herrmann soundtrack albums,” says Cinematheque Director  John Ewing, “so I relish this opportunity for more Clevelanders to discover and enjoy his distinctive, unforgettable music. At the Cinematheque moviegoers will hear Herrmann’s own favorite among his scores (ON DANGEROUS GROUND), as well as his only score to win an Oscar (THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER).”


Free parking for filmgoers in available in the adjacent CIA lot. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450 or email




April 24-27 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque


THU       4/24       6:45 PM                ON DANGEROUS GROUND

THU       4/24       8:30 PM                MARNIE

FRI          4/25       7:00 PM                MARNIE

FRI          4/25       9:30 PM                ON DANGEROUS GROUND

SAT        4/26       5:00 PM                THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER

SAT        4/26       7:10 PM                CITIZEN KANE

SAT        4/26       9:30 PM                THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD

SUN       4/27       4:30 PM                THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD

SUN       4/27       6:30 PM                OBSESSION

SUN       4/27       8:30 PM                CITIZEN KANE   


Thursday, April 24, at 6:45 pm &

Friday, April 25, at 9:30 pm

Bernard Herrmann Weekend!


USA, 1952, Nicholas Ray

Bernard Herrmann's music for Nicholas Ray's noir thriller was reputedly the composer's favorite score. Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino star in the film, in which a brutal NYC cop on the verge of a nervous breakdown is sent upstate to simmer down and cool off. There he befriends a gentle blind woman whose disturbed younger brother has been accused of molesting and murdering a girl. 35mm. 82 min.


Thursday, April 24, at 8:30 pm &

Friday, April 25, at 7:00 pm

Bernard Herrmann Weekend!

50th Anniversary!


USA, 1964, Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s underrated psychological thriller stars Tippi Hedren as a frigid, troubled kleptomaniac and Sean Connery as the widower who becomes one of her victims, but decides to marry and try to reform her nonetheless. Bernard Herrmann’s score is the last one that Hitchcock used in one of his films. 35mm. 130 min.


Saturday, April 26, at 5:00 pm

Bernard Herrmann Weekend!

35mm Archive Print!



USA, 1941, William Dieterle

Bernard Herrmann won his only Oscar (beating himself and his Citizen Kane score, also nominated) for his music to this visually stunning fantasy that transposes the Faust legend to New England. Based on Stephen Vincent Benet's story, it tells of a New Hampshire farmer who sells his soul to the devil, Mr. Scratch (Walter Huston). But when Scratch comes to claim it seven yeas later, the farmer enlists the great American orator Daniel Webster to defend him before a phantom judge and a ghostly jury in a court of law. 107 min. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members & CIA I.D. holders $8; age 25 & under $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.


Saturday, April 26, at 7:10 pm &

Sunday, April 27, at 8:30 pm

Bernard Herrmann Weekend!


USA, 1941, Orson Welles

Orson Welles’ bravura account of the rise and fall of a mysterious newspaper tycoon (loosely modeled on William Randolph Hearst) was, for decades, voted the greatest movie ever made. To fully appreciate its astonishing beauty and power, you need to see it on the big screen! “More fun than any other great movie.” –Pauline Kael. With Welles, Joseph Cotten, and Everett Sloane. Cinematography by Gregg Toland; music by Bernard Herrmann. 35mm. 119 min.


Saturday, April 26, at 9:30 pm &

Sunday, April 27, at 4:30 pm

Bernard Herrmann Weekend!


USA, 1958, Nathan H. Juran

Ray Harryhausen did the stop-motion animation for this exciting and exotic adventure fantasy that is on the National Film Registry and has a perfect 100% “fresh” rating on The film follows the heroic exploits of Sinbad the Sailor, who, while transporting his future bride to Baghdad, is attacked by a giant Cyclops, then runs afoul of a powerful magician. This was Bernard Herrmann’s first (and favorite) of four scores he wrote for Harryhausen movies. 35mm. 88 min.


Sunday, April 27, at 6:30 pm

Bernard Herrmann Weekend!


USA, 1976, Brian De Palma

At the end of his career Bernard Herrmann composed music for “movie brats” like Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese. In 1977 he earned two posthumous Oscar nominations for two of his final scores—one for Taxi Driver and the other for this Vertigo-like psychological thriller. De Palma’s film, which was written by Paul Schrader and shot by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, tells of a New Orleans businessman (Cliff Robertson) who becomes fixated on a young woman who looks just like his late wife (both played by Genevieve Bujold). With John Lithgow. 35mm color & scope print! 98 min.

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