|PARADIS DES HOMMES (1955 Polydor)|
Our crew love to collect postcards from various places but sometimes, it's little (or totally) out of the context of our curent trip. We'll keep them in the "postcards box" so the cockpit don't get too messy. We'll happen to recive postcards about other kinds of music, video tapes or maps of interesting places to visit...
Today, we got a sweet little postcard from Italy (though it's a french pressing). PARADIS DES HOMMES (1955 Polydor 20 308) Is the original soundtrack for an italian documentary movie : L'Ultimo Paradiso.
I did not really know what to expect at all when I found this little 7' in medium shape last sunday but it's actually quite a nice recording. 5 tracks of 50's style movie orchestra and choir.Directed by A.F Lavagnino. With a ploynesian mood and a bunch of local instruments. Seems like Mr Lavagnino was an «exotic movie» specialist, he is behind many other soundracks.
This is right in the mood of our curent tahitian trip so I hope you'll enjoy our little break.
01 FETE DES PECHEURS
03 CHANT DES MERS DU SUD
04 LA LAGUNE
05 LE LIDO TAHITIEN
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One of a series of colorful Italian documentaries released Stateside in the late 1950s, L'Ultimo Paradiso is better known by its English-language title The Last Paradise. The film's 95-minute running time is devoted to the people and customs of the Central Pacific islands. One startling scene involves a religious ceremony that segues into a primitive form of bungie-jumping! Also worth noting are the methods employed by native fisherman to avoid being consumed by sharks. As an added come-on to the "tired businessman" crowd, L'Ultimo Paradiso throws in a few shots of bare-breasted native girls. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Director: Folco Quilici
- Awards: 1957 - Berlin International Film Festival - Silver Bear - Feature-Length Documentary
|Italian and Spanish posters|