Sunday, January 31, 2010
Mad Men is back. Hooray. We've covered this before, but it's still pitch perfect in almost every respect. The costumes, the scenery, the furniture, the politics, the mores.
In fact the only bit of the series that feels like a pastiche is the opening title sequence. The falling silhouettes are clearly meant to ape designers like Saul Bass (cf. his poster for Vertigo or titles for Anatomy of A Murder, for example), but without Bass's economy of line or instinct for metaphor. The music, however, is the real clunker here. It's like Bernard Herrmann being played by a B-list trip-hop band (possibly Sneaker Pimps), and as far as I'm concerned, it really jars with the show that follows it.
So, to redress the balance, how about some real Bernard Herrmann? Here's the Prelude from Psycho, played by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Herrmann himself.
Download Prelude by Bernard Herrmann mp3 (deleted Aug 2010)