Announcing The Bernard Herrmann Blogathon: October 29-31, 2021!

Herrmann’s cameo in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Bernard Herrmann – a man who contributed so much to the movies through his statement making music – leading us from the undiscovered realms of the world to the deepest parts of our human souls.

Although his name will forever be tied to the iconic films of Alfred Hitchcock, we as classic movie fans know that Herrmann wrote the film scores for many beloved classics before and after he met up with the Master of Suspense including Citizen Kane, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and The Day the Earth Stood Still, to name but a few. However, the Oscar winning composer was not constrained to the the silver screen, his work also extended to radio, television, and the concert hall.

During the spooky season leading to Halloween, I can think of no better time to sit back and soak up the mysterious sounds Herrmann conjured for the moving image and beyond.

Not a fan of suspense thrillers? No problem. Herrmann composed for many different genres including drama, fantasy, sci-fi, film noir, adventure, and Westerns. For a list of movies and more….Click HERE.

Stuck for ideas? For an update and list of films ripe for the picking…Click HERE.

The Nitty Gritty

1. For this blogathon you may write about anything pertaining to Bernard Herrmann. You may discuss his life, a book about him, his work in radio and television, his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, or Ray Harryhausen. Or you may choose to review a film Herrmann collaborated on (The Birds counts too!). Top lists are acceptable as well.

2. Because Herrmann’s work is so expansive, I’m asking that a topic or film be covered only once (ouchies, I know!); however, if someone chooses an overview of his collaborations with Hitchcock for example, another writer may choose to review a specific film from said collaboration, etc.

3. I will be accepting no more than 2 posts per person. All contributions must be new material only.

4. I’m asking participants who choose to review a film to pick one from Herrmann’s career ranging from 1941 – 1965.

5. Whatever you choose, please make sure to mention the contribution of this great master as that’s what we are celebrating through this blogathon. Also, please keep the posts respectful, otherwise they will not be accepted.

6. In your post, please link back to my blog and the post that I will release on October 29th so that others may read the fabulous entries.

7. To express your interest in participating, simply leave me a comment below with the name and URL of your blog and your topic of choice. I will add you to the roster once I’ve confirmed your topic.

8. The blogathon will take place on Halloween weekend, October 29th-31st, 2021. Please publish and send your link to me on a day that the event is running…And that’s it!

This is the first blogathon that The Classic Movie Muse has had the pleasure of hosting and I’m excited to celebrate Bernard Herrmann with you! Please choose a banner from down below to help spread the word and to include in your blog post.

Thank you, and I will see you in October!

List of Participants:

The Classic Movie Muse | Visiting the Maestro: The Final Resting Place of Bernard Herrmann in Elmont, New York

Realweegiemidget Reviews |  Marnie (1964)

The Classic Film Connection | Psycho (1960)

Classic For a Reason |  Vertigo (1958)

Silver Screen Classics |  TBA

I Found It At the Movies |  North by Northwest (1959)

Caftan Woman |  Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Taking Up Room | The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Hamlette’s Soliloquy | Jane Eyre (1943)

Diary of a Movie Maniac | Hangover Square (1945)

18 Cinema Lane | The Trap (1959)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood |  Cape Fear (1962)

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest | The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Coffee, Classics, and Craziness | Top 5 Favorite Herrmann Soundtracks

Journeys in Classic Film | The Wrong Man (1956)

The Flapper Dame | Garden of Evil (1954)

Critica Retro | The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

Silver Screenings | Five Fingers (1952)

Magic Time | The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Poppity Talks Classic Film | The Birds (1963)

A Full Rich Blather | The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Nitrateglow | On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Second Sight Cinema | Citizen Kane (1941)

69 thoughts on “Announcing The Bernard Herrmann Blogathon: October 29-31, 2021!

  1. Hi! Thanks for the like, the follow, and the invitation. I’m just popping over to leave part of my reply here, so you’ll have all of your requests in the same place:

    I’ll take The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956). Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit with the spooky / suspenseful Halloween season – but I’ve seen it, and it’s more my style. (Plus, it seems to be a bit of an anomaly among his other films.) I’m inspired already!

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  2. evaschon98

    I’m so glad I stumbled across this blogathon! Hermann is one of my favorite composers. I would like to do a ‘top five’ list of my favorite soundtracks of his, if that’s okay!

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  3. Would it be alright if I switched to Psycho? I just shared my “Psycho story” with somebody (Psycho is the reason I’m skittish about Hitchcock), and I think I could make a really good post out of it. 🙂 It would be criminal to let to go uncovered, and the music IS incredible. Plus, it’s more in line with the spooky Halloween season. And I can always cover Gray Flannel Suit another time. Or, if it would be better for me to stick with it now, I’ll be happy to do that. 🙂

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