Soundtrack review: L’ultima violenza (Mario Nascimbene – 1957)
“L’ultima violenza” is a 1957 Italian melodramatic film produced and directed by Raffaello Matarazzo and starring Yvonne Sanson. Andrea, the new medical officer in town, falls in love with Lisa, daughter of engineer Carani, wealthy landowner in the area. Lisa has a younger sister, Anna, and a brother, Giorgio, who lives in the city. Giorgio’s dissipated way of life, cynism and unscrupulousness grieve the engineer, impacting negatively on his already precarious health. One day, determined to provoke a real scandal, Giorgio reveals to Anna that he discovered Lisa is not their blood sister. The score was written by Mario Nascimbene who also wrote “La garconniere” which I really loved. As you already know I have a huge soft spot for Italian golden age scores. Or Italian any age scores for that matter.
As almost always in the case of older Italian scores the cues have no titles and they just go by numbered sequences. The opening sequence is the most wonderful lullaby to listen to on a cold autumn night curled up in your lover’s arms in a mountain cabin made of wood. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to make me fall in love with this score and associate it with a warm safe place I would never want to leave. The sweet rhythm, the tender violin and the unrestrained passion of the music are all trademarks of the unrepeatable and unforgettable golden age sound. If you love that genre, that sound and if it will flood you with nostalgia as it does me you should rush and get this wonderful score.
Every cue is a fiery and emotional end title which makes me think of people abandoning to each other no matter what might happen. I get that feeling of following my passion without thinking of the consequences, I get the feeling of that kind of love and devotion that knows no boundaries and is always heavy and intense. Even if the main theme recurs often throughout the score and there isn’t much variation the music works and enchants and makes me want to hug it and dance with it and keep it in my home.
“L’ultima violenza” captures the heart and soul and golden age romance. This is a perfect score for me and one that stands proud among the masterpieces of the genre. The strings…the piano… the spectacular effervescence of emotions, the moments when the main theme steps away and wonderful dancing motifs celebrate life…every single second from the score is golden. Do not miss this one. It’s peasant and easy to listen to, floating on an eternal cloud… And hurry up, there are only 300 copies. Well, 299 because I’m getting one.
Cue rating: 100 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 40 / 40
Album excellence: 100%