•Music from the Original Motion Picture Score: Composed, arranged and conducted by Piero Piccioni. Vocals: Lydia MacDonald, Alberto Sordi, I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
•On July 30, 1966, England beat West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup Final and during the first week of August the Beatles release “Eleanor Rigby”. We were witness to a musical and cultural earthquake of Biblical proportions.
•With “its ancient elegance and new opulence all tangled up in a dazzling blur of op and pop”, London was the centre of the world, and it is into this dizzying technicolor dream house that Mr. Dante Fontana lands. An expert in Italian Antiquities, steeped in the mythology of Lords and Ladies, the Queen, the changing guards and City Gents: all those oh so English traditions!
•However Mr. Dante Fontana soon discovers he is too late to realise his fantasy of becoming an English Gentleman. After buying a Bowler and Smoke of London suit, he encounters a city already invaded by the new Beat Generation, and thus the Italian dreamer embarks on a journey into dimensions where strangeness and extremes travel at maximum velocity. So rises “Fumo Di Londra,” the historic first film directed by Alberto Sordi in 1966, in which each frame emanates magic.
•Much of the film’s considerable allure derives from the enchanting soundtrack of Piero Piccioni. This masterful composer collaborated many times with Sordi, writing themes that were to became Albertone’s career trademarks; “Marcia di Esculapio” from the movie “Il Medico della Mutua” and “Rugido Do Leao” from “Finché cé guerra, ce speranza” (which was used later for a series called “TV Storia di un Italiano”).
•The eclectic, instrumental side of “Fumo di Londra” boasts such exemplary pieces as “Babylon I’m Coming” and “Drag Beat” that paint the backdrop to the discotheque party scene. Like Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Blow Up” and Desmond Davis’ “Smashing Time”, “Fumo di Londra” – with its Edwardiana and Royal Parks and River Thames settings – will forever celebrate the mythology of Swinging London.
NB: This title is released 9th March 2015 and will not be dispatched until this date.
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