Monday, August 25, 2008
We'll start the week off with Ezio Taruntelli's great artwork for Umberto Lenzi's Spasmo. Very different from Lenzi's collaborations with Carroll Baker and the more Argento influenced Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, Spasmo is a slightly confusing but nevertheless entertaining entry in Lenzi's giallo canon. The film features a great soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. The main theme Bambole is a dreamy, romantic composition with beautiful floaty vocals from I Cantori Moderni, that fares well against the rest of Morricone superior early 70's output. The other themes, Spasmo and Stress Infinito, stand in stark contrast to the main theme. Spasmo is a dark, melancholic orchestral piece and Stress Infinito is a jarring, atonal track slightly reminiscent of themes from The Bird With the Crystal Plumage and A Lizard in a Woman's Skin.