In the playful but predominantly lightweight new film Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins' Alfred Hitchcock is seen adding some finishing touches to his 1960 horror flick Psycho alongside a somewhat anonymous Bernard Herrmann (played by Paul Schackman). Together, along with Hitch's influential wife, Alma Reville, they accentuated Psycho's now-infamous shower scene with Herrmann's terrifyingly simple score, an explosion of shrieking strings. It's an all-too-brief moment that doesn't do the late Mr. Herrmann much justice.
The New York City native—an Academy Award-winning composer who also received four additional nominations—worked closely with the greatest and most important filmmakers of all time: In addition to Hitchcock (with whom he worked eight times), Herrmann collaborated with Orson Welles (the seminal Citizen Kane, 1941), Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951), Francois Truffaut (Fahrenheit 451, 1966), and Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, 1976). Within the TV community, Herrmann even teamed up with Rod Serling to score several of the best episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Imagine his biopic as a Forrest Gump-like journey through some of Hollywood's greatest moments, with Bernard Herrmann as the viewers' tour guide.