Il Segno Di Venere


Digitmovies release for the first time on CD Renzo Rossellini's original soundtrack for the film Il Segno Di Venere ("The Sign Of Venus"). Renzo Rossellini (1908 -1982) wrote music under his brother's direction (director Roberto Rossellini) for important films of neorealism such as Rome, Open City, The Children Are Watching Us, and Paisa (for which he won the Silver Ribbon). But he should also be remembered for his symphonic score to the 1965 cult movie The Lady Of The Lake (aka "The Possessed") by Luigi Bazzoni. With the publication of the complete OST for the 1955 comedy The Sign Of Venus, Digitmovies continue their series dedicated to the golden age of Italian comedy. Incredibly, after sixty years, the mono master tapes of the original recording session have survived in excellent condition. The label has used every note recorded to assemble the entire OST. The main score is cheerful, but also vaguely contemporary in orchestration. The music reflects a Roman setting and the relationships between the characters involving love, jealousy, and loneliness. The master tapes also contained two danceable mixes by Felice Montagnini. To the delight of fans, Digitmovies have included a rare suite lasting just over seven minutes with extracts from the 1955 recording session with the sound of people talking in the studio, one of whom is Rossellini. Directed in 1955 by Dino Risi, the film starred Sophia Loren, Franca Valeri, Vittorio De Sica, Raf Vallone, Peppino De Filippo, Alberto Sordi, Virgilio Riento, Tina Pica, Lina Gennari, Eloisa Cianni, Leopoldo Trieste, Maurizio Arena, Franco Fantasia, Marcella Rovena, Mario Meniconi, Furio Meniconi, and Anita Durante. Cesira and Agnese are cousins who live in Agnese's father's house. Agnese is a beautiful girl, while Cesira, a sentimental dreamer, is quite homely. When they are together, all eyes fall on Agnes and her cousin remains in the shadows. Nevertheless, Cesira has not given up hope in finding the man of her dreams because a fortune teller has predicted that she is under the "Sign of Venus". So she attempts to get to know her male acquaintances better. She eventually has the chance to get close to Romulus, a boy who lives by his wits, and Alessio, a mature self-styled poet who wins her over with his aloof and superior manner.