Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Jun 24, 2011

Bernard Herrmann & Orson Welles Double Feature!

25-year-old director Orson Welles' debut masterpiece CITIZEN KANE also gave 30-year-old composer Bernard Herrmann his first chance to score a film; the two continued their collaboration with the next year's follow-up, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS.

Herrmann on working on CITIZEN KANE: "I was given 12 weeks to do my job. I worked on the film reel by reel, as it was being shot and cut. In this way I had a sense of the picture being built and of my own music being part of that building. Many of the sequences were actually tailored to match the music."

On June 16 and June 17, the album "Bernard Herrmann Film Scores: From Citizen Kane to Taxi Driver" can be streamed at and a track can be downloaded for free. Milan Records will also be giving away a copy of the CD at each screening in this series!

Introduction by Bernard Herrmann biographer Steven C. Smith. Book signing of Smith's 'A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann' at 6:30 PM across the street at Every Picture Tells A Story. Four-time Emmy nominee Steven Smith has produced and written over 200 television shows and documentaries. His credits include A&E's Biography series; the History Channel special "Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed" and the Warner Bros. documentary LOOK UP IN THE SKY: THE AMAZING STORY OF SUPERMAN. He has been interviewed in documentaries and programs for 20th Century Fox, The Criterion Collection, NPR and the BBC. He is the author of the biography 'A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann,' which in 1992 received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for writing.
1941, Warner Bros., 119 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

Orson Welles was only 25 when he directed this masterpiece, and it remains one of the most phenomenal motion pictures ever made. Welles also stars as Charles Foster Kane, a ruthless man who built a newspaper publishing empire and a character supposedly modeled after the real-life William Randolph Hearst. Trailblazing in so many respects, from Gregg Toland’s complex camera and lighting to Bernard Herrmann’s score to one of the finest ensemble casts (including Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane and Agnes Moorehead) ever assembled. With an Academy Award-winning script by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz.

1942, Warner Bros., 88 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

Director Orson Welles' poetic, tragic adaptation of Booth Tarkington's novel, centering on the fall of one wealthy family, with Stanley Cortez's dynamic camerawork providing a panorama of turn-of-the-century America and the decay of the old aristocracy.

Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Fri, Jun 24, 2011 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Aero

Thu, Jun 23, 2011 - 7:30pm
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70mm Print!
Sun, Jun 26, 2011 - 7:30pm
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Wed, Jun 29, 2011 - 7:30pm
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Thu, Jun 30, 2011 - 7:30pm
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