Originally released as part of the CAM SOUNDTRACK ENCYCLOPEDIA, PROFUMO DI DONNA, is in my humble opinion one of Armando Trovaioli’s most accomplished scores. It is also one his most haunting and infectious with every track yielding a theme that remains with the listener long after it has finished. The movie which was released in 1975 is based upon the novel DARKNESS AND HONEY by Giovanni Arpino. Two army officers are injured in an accidental explosion and are both blinded, they are so distraught that they will never again see that they make a pact to meet in Rome where they plan to commit suicide. However things do not go quite to his plans and on route to Rome he is accompanied by a young soldier and starts to realise that the love of a woman is still worth living for even if he cannot see her. Directed by Dino Risi, the movie blends light comedic touches with drama to great affect, Risi managing to combine the two successfully. Trovaioli’s score is a romantic and fairly easy going one, it has some of the most attractive thematic material within it and is a joy to listen to from start to finish, the composer fusing at times light and intimate jazz moments with that of lush orchestral passages and interweaving delicate and touching musical nuances between the two styles. Many of the cues are piano led with Trovaioli building upon the foundation of the piano to create wonderfully melodic compositions, on listening to the score one I think would image it to be a easy listening album with each and every cue being something of a triumph in its own right. It is also in my opinion very similar to the work of Morricone from the same period, but saying this Trovaioli certainly has an individuality and a sound that is undeniable his alone.
Re-issued recently on the Sugar label but with sadly no extra music (probably because there was none). The compact disc also features one of my own personal favourite Italian vocals CHE VUOLE QUESTA MUSICA STASERA performed by Peppino Gagliardi, with the orchestra being directed by another Italian film music Maestro Stelvio Cipriani. The original CAM release is probably quite scarce nowadays so I suggest you seek out the re-issue on the Sugar label. If you have not already got this it is one that you have to purchase ASAP……..A classic Italian soundtrack.