BLUE EYES – OCCHI BLU

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

BLUE EYES – OCCHI BLU

(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Director Michela Cescon

Music by Andrea Farri

Featuring Paolo Fresu & Luigi Piovano

Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd

Tormina Festival Italy – Uk Cinema …………

A lone robber, riding a different maxi scooter each time, robs one bank and a jewelry store after another, squeaking at great speed through the folds of Rome, between its ancient beauties and its urban archaeologists, always managing to sow its pursuers and finally vanish into nothingness.

The case is in the hands of a Roman commissioner, true and cynical who, failing to get to the head of it, asks for help from a friend of his Parisians, called the French, a former commissioner famous for his psychological insight and for resolving dozens of impossible cases. Everyone except for the death of their daughter, whose anniversary she returns to the city every year. He will discover the identity of the robber, a person who is as unsuspected as he is of great intelligence, with whom he engages in a challenge with unpredictable consequences.

Statement By Michela Cescon, Director

        “Blue Eyes” experiments with genre in this personal rendition and tribute to the French Polar film. It is light on dialogue, heavy on atmosphere, with melancholy, romantic characters: two police chiefs, one robber, a scooter, a young mechanic… and the city. Rome and the waves of traffic coursing through its streets and the solitary, empty nights between Rome’s Pyramid, white as the moon, and the Coliseum at dawn keeping watch over challenges and revenge.

        There are no landscape shots. Each frame tells the story through the emotions they elicit. Indoor shots are minimalist. The architecture furnishes the places, playing with space and light. Much is understood about each character as they move through these intentionally empty spaces. The film was shot in wide-angle – typical of this genre – using CinemaScope, which provides depth and makes it necessary to choose certain points of view. In “Blue Eyes” we don’t need to see everything, just what helps create the story. Cinema is also about what you choose not to show. The photography is so “material” – emphasizing contrasts, details and distances – you can almost touch it.

Right from the beginning, the robber and her city are accompanied by the sound of a trumpet playing. The music, like all the sounds in the film, is very important, it moves the story forward, narrates, acts as a bridge for emotions. Then it stops, it’s gone, just like the robber, and as we await the ending, we are immersed in the smoky atmospheres of jazz and summer dreams to the sounds of swing.

        Genre films need talent because they follow the rules and techniques specific to filmmaking. A lot of talent went into the making of this film, from the actresses and actors Valeria Golino, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Ivano De Matteo, to Director of Photography Matteo Cocco, to composer Andrea Farri and his extraordinary soloists Paolo Fresu and Luigi Piovano, to Esmè Sciaroni, Grazia Materia, Fabrizio Nanni, Luca Servino and Filippo Porcari. All of them were asked to think of this film as a game, with the most serious attitude possible, and gracefully employ a style somewhere between a detective film and noir in order to understand the world and say something about ourselves.

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