This is a year of cultural, political and sexual revolution that brings changes also in the world of entertainment. The new generation becomes the protagonist in music, cinema and everyday life. Change is everywhere and in this period Umiliani composes for his Omicron label the music for the docufilm “Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso” (“Sweden: Heaven and Hell”) directed by Luigi Scattini. This film marks an era and it is released all over the world. In its soundtrack there is the theme Mah-Nà Mah-Nà that later becomes a universal and immortal hit. This brilliant and catchy tune, that lasts only about one minute ( a separate chapter is devoted to it), makes Gato Barbieri’s presence in “Topless Party” appear less important.
Umiliani uses his label to produce also the soundtrack of “Angeli Bianchi… Angeli Neri” (“White Angel… Black Angel”) filmed in Brazil where the music is directly inspired by Brazilian magic rituals and chants. A few months later there is “La Legge dei Gangsters” (“Gangster’s Law”) that includes, besides jazz themes, the romantic instrumental “Crepuscolo sul Mare” (“Dawn on the Sea”). In 2004 this piece becomes the love theme in the film “Ocean’s Twelve”, underlining the loving looks exchanged between Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta Jones.
In 1969, outside the independent production, there is the soundtrack of “L’Arcangelo” (“The Archangel”) by Giorgio Capitani starring Vittorio Gassman, with a main theme rearranged in different movements. This music is elegant and sophisticated but less innovative than Umiliani’s independent productions.
The movies of this period, to which Umiliani greatly contributes, aim to shock the public by showing everything that could not be shown before, dealing explicitly with sex and mixing reality and fiction with real and fake documentaries.
In Umiliani’s repertoire Franco and Ciccio’s films still remain a landmark along with the Spaghetti Westerns that are now becoming increasingly violent like “Quinto non Ammazzare” (“Quinto: Fighting Proud”) and “Crisantemi per un Branco di Carogne”.
There are also three thrillers: the most famous is “La Morte Bussa Due Volte” (“Death Knocks Twice”) with Adolfo Celi and Anita Ekberg, while “Orgasmo” (“Orgasm”) is an intense and vaguely morbid thriller that –like director Lenzi states in the magazine “Amarcord”- is “ruined by the title”. What about the third movie? It is “Due Occhi per Uccidere” and here the Maestro’s piano is accompanied by Nini Rosso’s trumpet, just like in “A Cavallo della Tigre” seven years earlier.
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I 2 Deputati X SoundClip X
Director: Gianni Grimaldi
Cast: Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Gabriella Giorgielli, Franca Maria Giardina, Paolo Carlini.
Scusi, Lei Conosce il Sesso? X SoundClip X
(aka "Sex Italian Style")
(with Angelo Francesco Lavagnino)
Director: Vittorio De Sisti
Cast: Mirella Pamphili, Gianni Pulone, Edmund Purdom (as narrator)
I Nipoti di Zorro X SoundClip X
Director: Marcello Ciorciolini
Cast: Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Dean Reed, Brizio Montinaro, Agata Flori, Ivano Staccioli.
Silvia e l'Amore
Director: Sergio Bergonzelli
Cast: Angelo Infanti, Anna Maria Rosati, Ugo Adinolfi, Nicola Giarmoleo, Sara Ross.
Se Incontri Sjango, Cercati un Posto per Morire
(aka "O' Cabaleira", Brasil, 1963)
new soundtrack by Piero Umiliani for italian re-release.
Director: Milton Amaral
Cast: Helio Souto, Milton Ribeiro, Marlene Franca, Ruth De Souza.
La Morte Bussa Due Volte X SoundClip X
(aka "The Blonde Connection")
Director: Harald Philipp
Cast:Dean Reed, Fabio Testi, Adolfo Celi, Anita Ekberg, Riccardo Garrone, Femi Benussi, Mario Brega, Nadjia Tiller.
Distr.: Joseph Green Pictures
La Vuole Lui... Lo Vuole Lei
Director: Mario Amendola
Cast: Riccardo Garrone, Gisella Sofio, Lijudmila Lijulovna, Jean Pierre Aubry.
Crisantemi per un Branco di Carogne
(aka "Chrysanthemus for a Bunch of Swine")
Director: Sergio Pastore
Cast: Edmund Purdom, Gianni Manera, Ivano Davoli, Marilena Possenti, Giovanna Lenzi, Livio Lorenzon, Aiché Nanà.
Morte in un Giorno di Pioggia
(aka "Death on a Rainy Day")
new soundtrack by Piero Umiliani for the italian re-release.
Director: Ramon Comas
Cast: Adrian Hoven, Barth Warren, Gerard Landry, Lilia Neyung.
Distr.: D.A.G.A. Cinematografica
L'Arcangelo X SoundClip X
(aka "The Archangel")
Director: Giorgio Capitani
Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Pamela Tiffin, Irina Dernick, Adolfo Celi, Laura Antonelli.
Distr.: 20th Century Fox
Angeli Bianchi... ...Angeli Neri X SoundClip X
(aka "Witchcraft 70")
Director: Luigi Scattini
Cast: Edmund Purdom (as narrator)
Distr.: Trans American Films
Quinto non Ammazzare
Director: Leon Klimovsky
Cast: Steven Tedd, German Cobos, Sarah Ross, Alfonso Rojas, Diana Sorel.
Eros e Thanatos (re-titled "Raptus" nel 1974) X SoundClip X
Director: Marino Girolami (alias Jean Bastide)
Cast: Enzo Andronico, Silvio Bagolini, Caterina Barbero, Marcello Bonini Olas, Folco Lulli, Piero Lulli, Maurizio Merli.
Due Occhi per Uccidere
Director: Renato Borraccetti
Cast: Jack Taylor, Aiché Nanà, Dan Daniels, Diego Parravicino, Gia Sandri.