Movie Matters #33 - Luigi Bazzoni Double Bill

Wednesday, 2 September, 2015

Movie Matters Podcast

Ciao and welcome to another Italian genre cinema themed instalment of the Movie Matters Podcast. In this episode, join Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie as we champion the work of often overlooked 1960s/1970s filmmaker Luigi Bazzoni. First, we feast our eyes over one of the most visually distinct gialli ever filmed in 1971's THE FIFTH CORD, starring Franco Nero, Silvia Monti, Pamela Tiffin and a host of familiar euro-genre stalwarts. We're then taken on a hallucinatory mind-trip in 1975's baffling but beautiful FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON (a.k.a LE ORME), starring Florinda Bolkan, Nicoletta Elmi, Evelyn Stewart/Ida Galli, Peter McEnery and Klaus Kinski.

In this episode we also refer to and read-out a range of insights and opinions offered by our esteemed listeners in relation to Luigi Bazzoni and his films. Specifically, we'd like to direct attention to an excellent overview of Bazzoni's career written by Jason Coffman which can be read in full here. Jason also wrote to us and provided invaluable information regarding Bazzoni's obscure epic-length documentary about Roman culture and its historical influence on civilisation — details and images of which can be accessed here with his blessing. Plus, new listener of the podcast Peter (a.k.a. @SignorWardh), provided us with a fascinating comparison between THE FIFTH CORD and the David McDonald Devine source novel in an email to us which he has given permission for us to make available to all our listeners here.

The music in this episode is sampled from THE FIFTH CORD by Ennio Morricone, MAN, PRIDE AND VENGEANCE by Carlo Rustichelli, FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON by Nicola Piovani and THE SHORT AND HAPPY LIFE OF THE BROTHERS BLUE by Tony Renis.

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