dimanche 5 avril 2009


One of the most enigmatic, eclectic and cosmopolitan bands of the Italian electronic scene returns with a singular sonorization - originally commissioned by the sci-fi festival Invasioni and performed live in Cosenza in Summer 2001 - paying a tribute to the cult movie Terrore nello spazio (1965, a.k.a. Planet of the Vampires and The Demon Planet) by Mario Bava (1914-1980), the undisputed and unforgotten Maestro of Italian gothic and macabre cinema (with films like Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, Blood and Black Lace, etc.), an ingenious and ironic innovator of the low budget productions that was appreciated and revalued in France, UK and USA much earlier than in his native country. Based freely on the story (later plagiarized by Ridley Scott’s Alien) of the spaceships Argot and Galliot, attracted to land on a dying planet by ectoplasmic alien-vampires that in order to escape to other worlds need to take possession of the body of astronauts turning them into living zombies, Le Forbici di Manitù have created a sharp-witted hybrid of B-movies retro-fascinations and stylized genre contaminations, by mixing samplers and analogic electronics with an instrumentation hinting at jazz (flute, clarinet, congas, vibraphone) and disseminating the score with surreal cut-ups of dialogues from vintage films (where horror queen Barbara Steele can be heard in conversation with the high-brow characters played by Monica Vitti or with the silly comedians Franco and Ciccio), to permeate it with a mid-Sixties mood.

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