Un'anguilla Da 300 Milioni


2010 release. Digitmovies releases, for the very first time on CD, Fiorenzo Carpi's complete original soundtrack in mono by for the movie Un'anguilla Da 300 Milioni (aka "Million Dollar Eel"). Directed in 1971 by Salvatore Samperi, with the scenario written by Samperi himself with Aldo Lado, and starring Ottavia Piccolo, Lino Toffolo, Rodolfo Baldini, Mario Adorf, Senta Berger, Gabriele Ferzetti, and Ricky Gianco. Bissa (Toffolo) is a former partisan who lives as an illegal fisherman in the valley of Caorle. One day Vasco (Ferzetti), who was his superior during the resistance, unexpectedly visits him. The man asks him to take care of his daughter Tina (Piccolo), who is searching for seclusion and relax after coming off drugs. With the help of Lino (Baldini), another young illegal fisherman, Bissa agrees to attend the girl by giving hospitality to her in a cane shed at the river. Sometime later the tragic news arrives that the girl's father was killed in a car accident, but in reality, the man was not the parent, but the kidnapper. The girl, an angel outside but a devil inside, persuades the two men to ask for a ransom of three hundred million liras to set her free so that together they can escape to America and live a rich life. Fate is sometimes cruel and the girl kills the two men by taking possession of the whole sum. The girl's diabolical plan is foiled by a smart fishing guard (Adorf), who knocks down the girl and steals the loot. This CD project was possible thanks to Martina Carpi, the daughter of the composer, who preserved the mono master tapes of the original session arranged and conducted by Bruno Nicolai, and to the friends at Beat Records who have licensed Digitmovies this film music rarity. For the plot, which is half comedy and half giallo, Fiorenzo Carpi wrote a very varied score based on the folk song "Anguille E Libertà" which is reprised in instrumental versions. This nostalgic theme with a popular flavor (typical of the composer) is alternated with suspense music with dissonant passages which renders the adequate "giallo" color of the story, little marches, themes for liturgical organ, and beat music. A proper rescue and preservation of a rare OST by the unforgettable Fiorenzo Carpi and Bruno Nicolai.