Jul
27
2014

Music of the Week – Ennio Morricone – Chi Mai (Maddalena OST)

After a long pause, because of being busy in my personal life, Illusion City comes back with new updates…
This time, I’m posting the original version of one of Morricone’s most famous works, a tune that came along with “Come Maddalena”.
Both of these were originally featured for the first time in an obscure arthouse movie of the early ’70s, Maddalena, directed by Polish filmmaker Kawalerovicz. It’s an interesting effort even if not without flaws and I plan to polish what I’ve written about it and post a review for it here one day or another (sadly my spare time diminished a lot).
However, enjoy this beautiful tune. My favourite part, personally, is the wonderful bridge.

Jun
15
2014

Music of the Week – Lana Del Rey – Black Beauty

Lana del Rey is, in my opinion, one of the few interesting pop musician in these (quite sterile, artistically) years, one of the few with an original aestethic and imagenary in her work and not only some derivative and / or dull or, even worse, stupid stuff destinated straight to oblivion in a blink of an eye.
Of course, even talented people like Lana suffer from the decadence of the music business (and, overall, of the even worse fall in musical taste and sophistication in masses and mainstream critic) and her production has her flaws: too much songs, some of them too little polished etc, but it’s understandable and excusable, at least in my opinion.

This is an early leak from one of the songs that are now present in her Ultraviolence album, freshly released. Like all the best Lana’s songs, is a story of melancholy and difficult relationship.

May
25
2014

Music of the Week – Ministry – Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan cover)

A friend of mine gave me the ispiration to post a beautiful cover of this Bob Dylan classic…Ministry style! So expect an heavy, slighty psychedelic, sludgy trip.

Also, I’ll post new movie reviews soon! Work hasn’t stopped on them.

Bye!

May
4
2014

Music of the Week – Pearls Before Swine – Images of April

Pearls before swine have been one of the most beautiful and influential folk bands in America in the ’60s. This is one of their best songs, taken from what maybe is their masterpiece: Balaklava, a concept album about the infamous battle in the XIX century.

 

Apr
27
2014

The Bishop’s Room

TIme for a new review: After Agostino, another very beautiful movie from Italy, from Dino Risi’s genius. Like Agostino, the original source is a novel from a very talented italian writer, Piero Chiara. The movie it’s a mix between a lot of genres, with some strong gothic overtones. It’s also very subtle and psychological. You can find the review here

 

Apr
21
2014

Music of the Week – Erik Satie – Trois Gymnopedies

To go along with Agostino’s review, it’s time to listen again to the genius of Erik Satie, also used as a soundtrack for Agostino.

Enjoy!

Apr
21
2014

Agostino

agostino_mauro_bolognini_1962I’m very happy to announce that I’ve reviewed the first rare and underground movie of the site, an obscure italian classic, Agostino, inspired by a novel by Alberto Moravia, a very influential and prolific Italian writer who also had a very big impact on the world of cinema, both as a writer and as a critic.
You can find the review, along with English subtitles for the movie (not mine), here.

Apr
13
2014

Cinema section opened!

young and beautiful poster

With pleasure, I’m announcing you the opening of the cinema section of Illusion City! Like I wrote on the last update, the first movie to be reviewed is Francois Ozon’s Young and Beautiful, a wonderful movie about the hardship of the teenage years and many difficulties and shadows of living in the contemporary world…I’m quite happy of the analysis I’ve written, I’ve found an interesting connection between this movie and one of Louis Bunuel’s masterpiece, Belle de Jour (1967), so I invite you to read it and comment it!

I am planning to upload a new review every one or two weeks, depending on the spare time I’ve got…I hope you will appreciate them.

Mar
30
2014

Music of the Week – Francis Lai – Anima Persa (Movie OST)

Time to dwell among the best reliques of old-school Italian cinema…a psychological, eerie and gothic masterpiece by Dino Risi, Anima Persa (lost soul ; known in France as Ames Perdues), which I will probably review here in the near future. The movie is incredibly good with a stellar cast (Catherine Denevue of Belle de Jour fame and Vittorio Gassman), a wonderful trip of discovery inside the darkest recesses of the human soul.

By the way, I think I’ll open the cinema reviews section in 1/2 weeks at maximum, with more or less a new review once a week. I guess I’ll start with Young and Beautiful (Jeune et jolie) by Francois Ozon. Sorry to have made you wait!

And now, time to enjoy some very good music…

Mar
16
2014

Music of the Week – Alice Cooper – No Tricks

This week I’m offering you a rare B-side from the genius of Alice Cooper. This song was released as a B-Side of the single of “how are you gonna see me now?” off the (very underrated) 1978 album, from the inside.

Also. I’m happy to announce that the work for the cinema section is proceeding very well! I’ve written more reviews, and when I’ll have a sufficient number of them I’ll start posting slowly here on the site.