Press Play's VERTIGOED "mash-up" contest (which ends at 5PM ET on Friday, January 20th) challenges entrants to take part or all of Bernard Herrmann's "Scene D'Amour," from Vertigo (1958) and swap it into the soundtrack of another film WITHOUT making ANY changes to either.
It's an exercise in juxtaposition that meant to demonstrate how Herrmann's famous score can elevate a lesser work or potentially make a great scene even greater.
In my case, I "Vertigoed" the grisly few last minutes of Seconds, a 1966 John Frankenheimer film starring Rock Hudson.
Amazingly, the timing of "Scene D'Amour" wedges itself quite nicely into something that it was never intended for. Of course, the tone of the film's ending becomes somewhat different -- almost triumphant. At the risk of ruining my odds in the contest (not that I have really have a snow ball's chance - there's a lot of really great entries out there), I must admit that I prefer Seconds' original darker, a cappella ending.