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Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola

Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola
Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola

Originally released in 1967 on a CAM LP record which also included tracks on the B side from THE BELLE STARR STORY with music by Charles Dumont, this Cipriani spaghetti western score has to be one of the most popular and well known non-Morricone western scores from the 1960s. The theme was covered by numerous artists worldwide including the likes of LeRoy Holmes, Geoff Love and Henry Mancini – the latter held Cipriani’s composition in high esteem and was a composer who Cipriani said was an inspiration to him. A MAN A HORSE AND A GUN was also one of the first soundtracks to be re-issued by CAM as part of their Soundtrack Encyclopedia series (CSE 102). But sadly the recording was slightly flawed and was of a very short running duration; the original CD release running for just 23 mins 40 seconds. CAM did re-issue the score again with a few extra tracks and included it on a disc Continue reading Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola

Le pistole non discutono

Le pistole non discutono
Le pistole non discutono

One of the early Morricone westerns, LE PISTOLE NON DISCUTONO (aka. BULLETS DON’T ARGUE) was released in 1964 just a few months before Sergio Leone’s first DOLLAR movie, A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. This Spanish, German and Italian co-production was a western made in Europe and was full of borrowed themes and clichés which had all been used before in Hollywood westerns. The producers even had Pat Garrett as the film’s central character with one of the other principal players taking on the role of a certain Billy Clanton. But in saying this, the movie was not actually a bad one. It was certainly nothing spectacular but at least it was watchable as a sagebrush yarn filled with plenty of riding here and there and lots of action – the star of the film, Rod Cameron, taking on the persona of a Randolph Scott type character. Continue reading Le pistole non discutono

Coriolanus

Coriolanus
Coriolanus

This two disc set will, I am sure, be popular amongst fans of the actual movie and also followers of the composer Eshkeri. Disc one is just music from the soundtrack and disc two is dialogue and music from the movie. To be fair, I think in a film such as this, the composer is a little limited as to what he can actually write. I do not think there is much room for the composer to go all lush and romantic in this particular case, so the score as provided is pretty fair. I did find the soundtrack a little repetitive and dominated by loud and harsh sounding percussion. This percussion is, to be honest, too harsh for this listener and the score overall contains very little that one can actually sit and listen to without having palpitations or maybe reaching for the skip button on the CD player. This however does not mean in any way that Eshkeri is not a talented and highly original film music composer Continue reading Coriolanus

Splice

Splice
Splice

The movie SPLICE is a French/Canadian production, and deals with genetic engineering that goes horribly wrong, or does it? I suppose it depends on personal opinion in this case. Two genetic engineers are working on splicing animal DNA and have success in this area. They want to progress and begin to experiment with animal DNA being spliced with the DNA of humans. The company they work for are against this as they want the two scientists to continue with their work so that they may make money. What happens is that the two scientists continue their work for the company, but at the same time pursue their own avenue of experiments. The end result is a human like creature DREN, I wont give away any more of the films intriguing, sad and at times harrowing plot, but let us just say things do not end happily, and there is certainly a twist in this tail. Continue reading Splice

The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth

The latest television blockbuster has hit the screens in the U.K. THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH is a sprawling tale that will be aired over a period of some six weeks so I am informed. Based on the novel by Ken Follett, the movie has an all-star cast and is essential viewing. The score composed by Trevor Morris is too of epic proportions. Right from the start the composer gets his musical hooks into the listener by providing a driving and fearsome sounding main title, which accompanies the shows vivid opening titles graphics. Brass and strings dominate the composition, which are supported by percussion in this short but unrelenting theme that sets the scene perfectly for what is to follow, both musically and on screen. The second cue on the disc THE WAR OF SUCCESSION is just as dramatic and also features strings enhanced by percussion and effective use of panpipe effect and Continue reading The Pillars of the Earth