It has just been announced that Kim Novak will appear before each presentation of The San Francisco Symphony performing a live orchestral accompaniment of Bernard Herrmann’s score to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo. The classic film, set in San Francisco, was named “The Greatest Film of All Time” in the most recent Sight & Sound critic’s poll.
Martin Scorsese praised Herrmann’s stirring soundtrack: “Hitchcock’s film is about obsession, which means that it’s about circling back to the same moment, again and again . . . and the music is also built around spirals and circles, fulfillment and despair. Herrmann really understood what Hitchcock was going for—he wanted to penetrate to the heart of obsession.”
Tickets are available at the : San Francisco Symphony Box Office.