Partners in suspense

Critical essays on Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock

Edited by Steven Rawle and Kevin J. Donnelly

Partners in suspense


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9586-3
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £70.00
  • Published Date: December 2016
  • BIC Category: Music, Film Studies, Musicians, singers, bands & groups, Individual film directors, film-makers, Film production: technical & background skills, Film history, theory & criticism, Composers & songwriters, Literature: history & criticism, MUSIC / Individual Composer & Musician, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, The arts / Music, Musical Scores, Lyrics & Libretti, The arts / Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Film theory & criticism


This volume of new, spellbinding essays explores the tense relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, featuring new perspectives on their collaboration. Featuring essays by leading scholars of Hitchcock's work, including Richard Allen, Charles Barr, Murray Pomerance, Sidney Gottlieb and Jack Sullivan, the collection examines the working relationship between the pair and the contribution that Herrmann's work brings to Hitchcock's idiom.

Examining key works, including The Man Who Knew Too Much, Psycho, Marnie and Vertigo, the essays explore approaches to sound, music, collaborative authorship and the distinctive contribution that Herrmann's work with Hitchcock brought to this body of films, examining the significance, meanings, histories and enduring legacies of one of film history's most important partnerships. By engaging with the collaborative work of Hitchcock and Herrmann, the book explores the ways in which film directors and composers collaborate, how this collaboration is experienced in the film text, and the ways in which such partnerships inspire later work.


Steven Rawle is Associate Professor in Film and Media at York St John University

K. J. Donnelly is Reader in Film at the University of Southampton


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