The artistic collaboration between Piero Umiliani and director Luigi Scattini, now close friends, reaches its peak thanks to the movies with actress Zeudi Araya, admired by millions of people in “La Ragazza dalla Pelle di Luna” (“The Sinner”), “La Ragazza Fuoristrada” and “Il Corpo” (“The Body”). In these movies, Umiliani’s music evolves extending towards new horizons, thanks also to sonorities experimented by the Maestro in his recording studio SoundWorkShop, in the Trionfale district of Rome. Themes range from funk to jazz, from easy listening to latin, or have innovative western-exotic ambience like the track “Pelle di Luna”.
Electronic keyboards directly imported from the US, make their way into the tracks bringing new harmonies and moods. Zeudi herself, at the time twenty-two years old and at the top of her popularity, works in the recording studio with the Maestro. “I have recorded a 45 LP for the soundtrack of “La Ragazza Fuoristrada” – says Zeudi in an interview in “Eva Express” dated September 25, 1973 – “ and everybody says that the record is very good, thanks to the accompaniment of exotic instruments and to my deep voice.”
This period is completed by the western-thriller “10 Bianchi Uccisi da un Piccolo Indiano” (“Blood River”), by a sexy documentary film with Renzo Arbore’s narrating voice and finally by the first experiments of sexy comedies “Il Domestico” and “La Schiava Io Ce l’Ho e Tu No” starring Lando Buzzanca, where the score is pure and entertaining easy listening.
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Al Tropico del Cancro
(aka "Tropic of Cancer")
Director: Edoardo Mulargia & Gian Paolo Lomi
Cast: Anthony Steffen, Anita Strindberg, Gabriele Tinti, Umberto Raho.
I Vizi Segreti della Donna nel Mondo
Regia: Luigi Scattini
Cast: Not Professional Actors.
Baba Yaga X SoundClip X
(aka "Kiss Me, Kill Me")
Director: Corrado Farina
Cast: Carroll Baker, George Eastman, Isabelle De Funes, Ely Galleani, Daniela Balzaretti.
Distr.: Reel Media Entertainment
Director: Filippo Walter Ratti (alias Peter Rush)
Cast: Renzo Arbore (as narrator).
La Ragazza Fuoristrada X SoundClip X
Director: Luigi Scattini
Cast: Zeudi Araya, Luc Merenda, Martine Brochard, Giacomo Rossi Stuart.
La Schiava Io ce l'ho e Tu No X SoundClip X
(aka "The Slave")
Director: Giorgio Capitani
Cast: Lando Buzzanca, Catherine Spaak, Adriana Asti, Veronica Merin, Gordon Mitchell.
Il Corpo X SoundClip X
(aka "The Body")
Director: Luigi Scattini
Cast: Zeudi Araya, Enrico Maria Salerno, Carroll Baker, Leonard Mann.
Distr.: United Pictures
10 Bianchi Uccisi da un Piccolo Indiano X SoundClip X
(aka "Blood River")
Director: Gianfranco Baldanello
Cast: Fabio Testi, John Ireland, Rosalba Neri, Luisa Rivelli, Josè Martinez.
Director: Luigi Filippo D'Amico
Cast: Lando Buzzanca, Martine Brochard, Arnoldo Foà, Silvia Monti, Femi Benussi, Luciano Salce, Erika Blanc.
La Governante X SoundClip X
(aka "The Governess")
Director: Gianni Grimaldi
Cast: Turi Ferro, Martine Brochard, Vittorio Caprioli, Paola Quattrini, Agostina Belli.