End-of-Term Event: Screening of Alfred Hitchock’s “Vertigo”

Considered one of the finest films ever made, please come and join the IP Society for this viewing of a masterpiece by the “Master of Suspense.”




Part of Hitchock’s musical score – composed by the great neo-Romantic film composer and long-time Hitchcock collaborator, Bernard Herrmann – was re-used in the Oscar-winning 2011 film, “The Artist.” This led to an outraged reaction on the part of Kim Novak, who starred in the original film. She commented:

“The [Artist] could and should have been able to stand on its own without depending upon Bernard Herrmann’s score from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo to provide it more drama….It is morally wrong for the artists of our industry to use and abuse famous pieces of work to gain attention and applause for other than what they were intended. It is essential to safeguard our special bodies of work for posterity, with their original and individual identities intact and protected.”

But the director of “The Artist,” Michael Hazanivicius, says that he made his film as a “love letter” to classic cinema, and responded: “I love Bernard Herrmann and his music has been used in many different films; I’m very pleased to have it in mine. I respect Kim Novak greatly and I’m sorry to hear she disagrees.”

Was this a violation of the authors’ moral rights? Come and watch with us, and see what you think!

Viewing: Tuesday, December 2, from 1-3 PM, in the Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre, Room 112A.

The film is 2 hours and 8 minutes long. It will be preceded by a very short introduction to the moral rights controversy by Prof Mira Sundara Rajan, and there will be an opportunity for discussion after the viewing.

We look forward to inviting you to a follow-up screening in Semester 2, of Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist.”