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Soundtrack review: La evase (Pippo Caruso – 1978)

I get an instant reaction when the raw percussion from the first cue comes in. I feel that sweet sting of nostalgia in my heart and just turn the volume up. This sound, the raw and funky mood of 70s cop movies is one that triggers deep seeded memories and everything around me fades away and loses some of its color. And when a cue like this is followed by a lush, romantic piece like “Zora L’ingenua Erika La Ninfomane Betty La Cicciona” I know this score will be one to remember. This is the theme for three of the main characters and the composer really managed to squeeze a lot of emotion in 2 minutes.

“La evase” (or “Women against women” as it was known in English”) is a 1978 movie. This is the story about four women who escape from prison: a terrorist, a prostitute, a killer and a common thief. They take a sports team hostage and everything goes to hell. The score was written by Pippo Caruso, conductor of the famous RAI TV orchestra, with a main theme by Charlie Cannon.

I have a soft spot for Italian composers and their special sweeping romantic way of doing film music. I am almost hypnotized when I hear a score like this and just get lost in it. I don’t even separate the cues most of the times, I just immerse myself in the atmosphere and dream, remember or just enjoy the music. This is

“Assurdo balo lento” touches another deep chord inside me. If I tell you that there’s whistling in it you will know where I man going with this. Spaghetti western fans, this cue is for you. I can almost feel the dust in my throat and hear the horses neighing. I don’t know what a cue like this is doing on this score but I am happy I found it.

It’s back to lush and funky then and the music sticks to me immediately. This is the kind of score you groove on and the kind of score you hum. Soft percussion and the electric and acoustic guitars have the kind of conversation I would never get tired of listening to. This is a distinct sound and I don’t hear enough of it. This was the sound of the 70s and it belongs there, it’s eternally connected to those years so it would make no sense to hear it in today’s film music. This is why a score like this is so precious and rewarding to revisit.

If you enjoy the cool and jazzy sound of the 70s this score will hit the spot.

Cue rating: 91 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 12 / 22

Album excellence: 54%

Highlights:

Evasione Quadrupla

Zora L’ingenua Erika La Ninfomane Betty La Cicciona

Giudice

Assurdo Ballo Lento

Lei E Lei

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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