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Uomini E Lupi


2012 release. Digitmovies release for the first time ever on a double-CD set Mario Nascimbene's complete original soundtrack for the movie Uomini E Lupi ("Men And Wolves"), directed by Giuseppe De Santis in 1956. In a town of Abruzzo all the best hunters meet for a race of wolf hunting. The winner's prize is twenty thousand liras. Giovanni arrives with his beautiful wife Teresa and hopes to capture a specimen alive which can then be sold to a zoo. Ricuccio pretends to be a "luparo" (wolf hunter), but he's a blowhard mostly interested in winning the girls. Giovanni's death and the descent of a pack of wolves that threatens the village will change everything. It has been reported that the shooting occurred near the village of Scanno. In several recent screenings of the film in the towns of Scanno, people remembered that the shooting had occurred on this site in 1956. It has also been reported by several reliable sources that the original length of the film was 3,300 meters, but the production insisted on a length which should not exceed 2,800 meters. De Santis refused each cut and left the work. Then editing, music, and mixing were not controlled by the director anymore who -- unsuccessfully -- tried to remove his name from the movie credits. Mario Nascimbene had already collaborated with the filmmaker before. Mario Nascimbene (1913-2002) is undoubtedly one of the greatest international names in film music, creator of experimental sounds with the invention of his prodigious "Mixerama", the first Italian composer who was able to cross the golden gates of Hollywood in 1954 for the movie La Contessa Scalza ("The Barefoot Contessa"). Uomini E Lupi is an extremely dramatic symphonic score which also includes popular instrumental themes for harmonica and guitar and with mixed choir. The author wanted to create a "sound design" with the steps of wolves in the snow, like a savage, tribal tam-tam, of a rebellious nature which melds with a traditional symphonic orchestra beautifully conducted by Franco Ferrara. For this double-CD, Digitmovies have used the master tapes in mono of the recording sessions from 1956 well preserved until today which allowed the label to use every note recorded, including alternate versions, choral pieces, and pieces with solo male voice.