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Soundtrack review: The transparent woman (Susan Dibona and Salvatore Sangiovanni.)

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Don’t miss this wonderful and seductive mix of jazz, tango and melody. And the echo of that humming will stay with me for a long time…

“The Transparent Woman” is a 2015 Italian thriller film directed by Domiziano Christopharo and starring Roberta Gemma, Arian Levanael and Giovanna Nocetti. Anna is a beautiful, fiercely independent blind woman. Due to financial problems her husband Carl has to sell the apartment they lived in. They move in an old house in a remote location surrounded by fields. Anna is not happy there and feels even more isolated as she is most of the time all alone… but eery noises and strange facts lead her to think that someone is in the house too… or “something”. The score is composed by Susan Dibona & Salvatore Sangiovanni.

Welcome to the warmest and sunniest musical place, the Italian film music land, with its luscious female hummings and the playful instrumentation. I am so mesmerized by this sound that it only takes a few second for me to slip into a pool of wonderful nostalgia. I know the movie is from 2015 but this is music taken from the Romantic Italian movies of the 60s or 70s and there’s a special place in my heart for this sound. I grew up with movies like these in my house, my parents used to watch them and the music stuck with me forever. Listening to a theme like the opening credits “Transparente” is about as good as it gets with film music for me. This is the musical place would never leave. I am just busting with joy that the Italian film music school continues to produce scores like this even today. Maestro Ennio is still going strong these days but with a different sound. His torch is proudly carried on by various others.

The female voice is a main character on this score. It adds depth and emotion and I get addicted very fast. I don’t think “The transparent woman” would have worked so well without this magnificent voice. The way it’s used in various cues like “Clavicembalo 70” and “Wind voice” makes the score sound quite erotic. The humming is almost a whisper, a moan to counter the quite frightening musical background. The combination is just brilliant and gives an air of mystery to this score. The jazzy influences cement that feeling and throw a few more shadows over the score.

I love getting lost among the velvety curtains that play tricks on me. I love the sensual vibes of this composition and I am addicted to what the two composers tell me. The twists and turns of this score, the variation in sound and themes and the different musical experiments they did on “The transparent woman” make me even more thankful to Kronos Records for allowing me to discover Susan Dibona and Salvatore Sangiovanni. The female vocals remind me of the legendary Edda del’Orso and, as every other Italian score released by Kronos, nostalgia is high with this one.

Don’t miss this wonderful and seductive mix of jazz, tango and melody. And the echo of that humming will stay with me for a long time…

Cue rating: 94 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 33 / 47

Album excellence: 70%

Highlights:

Erotic Theme

Trasparente (Opening Credits From The Transparent Woman)

Preludio

Clavicembalo 70

Wind Voice

Noir

Scoperta Noir

Giallo

Trasparente (Instrumental)

Carillon Noir

Rivelazione Noir

Spirito Finale

Erotic Theme Hummed

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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