“Hitchcock vs Herrmann: the story behind the break-up of cinema’s finest director/composer partnership”, written by well-known author and cinema professor Neil Sinyard, unveils the story of success and following failure of the creative collaboration between director Alfred Hitchcock and music composer Bernard Herrmann (2013). Celebrated, financially and critically acclaimed partnership that brought overall 9 films in all 11 years of collaboration, including Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960), ended in a single day in March 1966 with a humiliating scandal between the two masters. The change in the elements of the relationship, both working and personal, that occurred during the production of the last joint motion picture, Torn Curtain (1966), has put an end to the formerly successful creative collaboration (Sinyard). Disappearance of shared vision due to unequal creative, personal and emotional growth together with initial flaws in work communication structure led to the subsequent failure in creative collaboration and partnership of one of the most well-known director/composer duos in film history.
Shared Vision and Interests
Although coming from completely different backgrounds, both Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann were unique in their shared common interest and drive for darker, more intense themes and aesthetic vision, which is a vital element of a successful collaboration ("A SHARED VISION."; John-Steiner 73). Herrmann was interested in writing music that