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Blending live music with film isn’t a new idea—after all, it was being done in movie houses before that advent of talking film—but it’s a cool idea nevertheless. And when it’s done in Bard College’s acoustically perfect Sosnoff Theater by one the Hudson Valley’s foremost orchestras to the accompaniment of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest cinematic triumphs, 1958’s Vertigo, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the region’s leading independent movie theaters—as it will be on September 16 and 17—well, then, it’s the ultimate cocktail of coolness.

Set in San Francisco and starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, the romantic, psychological thriller Vertigo is recognized as one of the masterpieces of film noir. Shot in stunning Technicolor, it features a fantastic score by the great Bernard Hermann, who composed the music for many of Hitchcock’s greatest films. For the Upstate screenings, the score will be performed live by the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra directed by James Bagwell.

Here’s a restored trailer with flashes of Hermann’s lush and unsettling score:

Upstate Films will present Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo with a live score by the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra directed by James Bagwell at Bard College’s Sosnoff Theater in Annandale, New York, on September 16 at 8pm and September 17 at 2pm. Tickets are $25-$75; a $125 Upstate Films 45th anniversary ticket includes a membership to Upstate Films. For more information, call (845) 758-7900 or visit

Peter Aaron

Peter Aaron is the arts editor for Chronogram.
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