North by Northwest

If there’s a movie with one of the best movie sound tracks ever, Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest with music by Bernard Herrmann should be one of the top five.

It’s not just the music sequences, such as the build-up for the famous chase down the presidental statues in South Dakota, it’s also the taste of not adding any music to the scenes such as the air-plane chase. No music in the sound track makes the farm land feel very isolated and raw.

Hermann also switches between romantic themes, and terror themes, within seconds, quite elegant movie music. For a while I was just listening and not watching the TV (not that I’ve seen this movie many times, including on big screen in Palo Alto, if you have a chance to see North by Northwest on big screen, do it).

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