Aside from Ennio Morricone, Piero Umiliani is perhaps the most famous Italian soundtrack composer. This music is from the film 5 Dolls for an August Moon, a horror-thriller directed by Mario Bava in 1970. A loose adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel Ten Little Indians, the plot concerns a group of people stranded on an island off the coast of Italy in a palatial estate are being murdered off one by one. But which of them is the killer? Highly recommended!
Bruno Nicolai, aside from being an accomplished composer in his own right, began his career as the conductor of Ennio Morricone's orchestra. This song is from the film What Are Those Strange Drops of Bloody on Jennifer's Body? aka Case of the Bloody Iris, another horror-thriller starring the beautiful Edwige Fenech as a fashion model stalked by a serial killer.
This track came from a sexy movie called Alla Ricerca di Piacere aka Amuck!. It's about a woman who poses as a secretary in order to solve the mystery of her murdered lesbian lover. Hot!
Everyone knows this one! From the immortal Breakfast at Tiffany's.
OK, well this one is not from an old movie, but it's an old song, and I love it. It recently turned up in the Academy Award-winning Canadian film, The Barbarian Invasions.
Catherine Spaak was a famous actress and pop star in Italy. Always very sweet and charming in everything in which she appeared including the films The Libertine and Cat O' Nine Tails, both of which are highly recommended. This song is from The Night is Made for Stealing, which I haven't seen.
Gert Wilden is possibly most well known for scoring a series of German films called The Schoolgirl Report These were sexploitation films in which teenage girls (always played by women of legal age) experienced various sexual adventures. This song is from Girls Who Come to Munich. I haven't seen any of the films.
From the classic 1967 James Bond spoof and box office disaster Casino Royale. Quentin Tarantino is apparently trying to do a remake of this film, which will be a more faithful adaptation of the novel.
Francois de Roubaix was a bit of a maverick composer in the 70s, and you can definitely hear it in this piece. It's from an excellent, heavily stylized Belgian lesbian vampire film called Daughters of Darkness. Recommended!
From Jesus "Jess" Franco's film Eugenie ... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion. The film is a modern take on the Marquis de Sade's Philosophy in the Boudoir, in which a young girl is seduced and morally corrupted by a brother and sister. Christopher Lee has a brief (and unwitting!) turn as the leader of an S&M cult!
Sound familiar? That's because it was adopted as the theme for The Muppet Show. However, the song originally came from a soft porn documentary titled Sweden: Heaven and Hell!
From director Radley Metger's 1969 classic Camille 2000. I cannot recommend this movie enough. It's a swingin' update of Alexandre Dumas' La Dame aux Camellias. If you enjoy amazing sets, outrageous costume design and unique photography, this is the movie for you.
Stelvio Cipriani is perhaps the most underrated of all the Italian composers. The soundtrack from which this song comes is extremely rare, and sells on eBay for around $200! The movie it was from is titled The Frightened Woman, and it's a very pop-art inspired S&M game of cat and mouse.
Huebler and Schward scored three Jess Franco films. This one is from the legendary Vampyros Lesbos.
I don't know anything about this film, other than it was written by Dario Argento, and in English it means, "One Night at Dinner". However, it remains one of Ennio Morricone's most famous film songs.