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Soundtrack review: Le motorizzate (Carlo Savina – 1963)

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“Le motorizzate” (“The motorized women”) is a 1963 Italian anthology comedy film written and directed by Marino Girolami. It includes five segments. The collision between a van of religious, supporters of the Christian Democrats, and a Fiat 600 with on board a group of young militants of the PCI. Misadventures of a prostitute who works into a caravan placed under a viaduct. A walker faces a foot race to the beat of music. The poor Urbano Cacace impersonates a traffic policeman in order to feed his family. A woman with her brand new car hit a man who tries to take advantage of the incident attempting an insurance scam. Kronos Records releases the Carlo Savina score for the first time as part of their Gold Collection.

If you ever saw an Italian comedy from the 60s or 70s (and come one, who hasn’t) you know this score. if you ever were amused by a silly chase scene or by someone stumbling around, you know this score. I could also add that if you enjoyed Tom & Jerry cartoons as a kid you will also be familiar with this sound. Carlo Savina’s composition captures all that in a time capsule and lets us enjoy it 50 years later with the same pleasure and delight. The composer brings the sound of a Caribbean holyday to us, more specifically the sound of an evening beach party in the middle of that vacation on a day far enough from the arrival date to forget the real work and still not close enough to the departure date to be depressed. I can almost taste the fresh fruit cocktail and I can almost see the band on the stage playing light music that will encourage conversations and provide a jolly companion for anything you might want to enjoy.

“Le motorizzate” is a jazzy gem easy to listen to and it covers genres from tango to Latin to even Western sounding motifs. The instruments sound as if they are caressed so they could provide warm and joyful sounds. There’s nothing aggressive or serious about the music. This score is a collection of smiles that at moments feel improvised…but we are on vacation, right? So why bother with order… This score will delight and amuse you I’m sure and you might find yourselves playing it in the background next time you have friends over. Or next time you might need cheering up…

Cue rating: 87 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 14 / 42

Album excellence: 33%

Highlights:

Seq 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 17

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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