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Old 10-07-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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When the music is better than the actual movie...

With (Euro cult in my case) movies, the music is a very important part of the overall experience. Many times the music will lift a mediocre movie a few notches above the rest.
One of these, to me, is Solamente Nero. The movie (Bido) is an OK Giallo in the Argento vein, but here the music is the real star.
Stelvio Cipriani/ Goblin do some great things musically..
When talking about Goblin, people unjustly seem to completely forget this title.
Listen and enjoy :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uG_c8WC7uU

Don't get me wrong, the movie is still a lot of fun too
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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I've always loved Wojciech Kilar's score to Coppola's Dracula but never thought the movie was very good.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:00 PM   #3
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I recently watched the BBC4 documentary about soundtracks called The Sound of Cinema. Makes you listen differently to soundtracks and EFX.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03b51db

Many of today's film scores are interchangeable and. I love it when a score can be listened to solely because of its quality and composition and the hand of the artist can be heard.
If you listen to Franco Micalizzi's scores, you just can enjoy what the man created. Even if you haven't seen any of those movies (he worked with Umberto Lenzi among many others).

For instance, if you are heavily into BigBand, this will get your foot a tappin' !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfz11Lb524E
And in the movie it enhances the scene perfectly!
Here (different arrangement) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFHpk3jDbLk

I'm not sure what I'm trying to say here, but damn is music important (for me anyway) for the whole experience!

So, what are your lesser movies with great music?
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:02 PM   #4
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Cannibal Holocaust immediately comes to mind. The movie is pretty much exploitative junk. But Riz Ortolani's score is truly beautiful.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:11 PM   #5
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Best movie soundtrack ever THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:37 PM   #6
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Cannibal Holocaust immediately comes to mind. The movie is pretty much exploitative junk. But Riz Ortolani's score is truly beautiful.
Exactly! The score is a classic and without it, CH wouldn't be a the cult classic people claim it is.
The fact that that melancholic theme actually enhances the atrocities onscreen is pure genius!
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:48 PM   #7
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The film like this that comes immediately to mind is Barracuda. It's like a H.G. Lewis film scored by John Carpenter. I'd love to own the soundtrack. The film, not so much.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:52 PM   #8
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Although I enjoy the film and all it's cheesiness, the 1976 King Kong remake comes to mind. Such an epic score for a flawed film.
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There are a few movies that come to mind in which the music elevates the films into classics. Jacob's Ladder and The Sixth Sense spring to mind. Basic Instinct and the Dark Knight Trilogy also have gorgeous soundtracks.
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For me, Morricone is a great example of this. Some of his most interesting stuff is saddled to some really mediocre to bad films. His score for The Professional is the first one to pop into mind. Also, the scores for Stendahl Syndrome and Revolver are breathtaking. The films, not quite as much.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:24 AM   #11
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For me, Morricone is a great example of this. Some of his most interesting stuff is saddled to some really mediocre to bad films. His score for The Professional is the first one to pop into mind. Also, the scores for Stendahl Syndrome and Revolver are breathtaking. The films, not quite as much.
This. His theme for Exorcist II is beautiful.
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This. His theme for Exorcist II is beautiful.
The Thing as well.
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The Thing as well.
LOL yes but The Thing is actually a good film.

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Solamente nero is actually one of my top 20 gialli. The music is good, but so is the film.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:08 PM   #15
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Not in my top 20. It's a nice one thanks to the music.
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