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LA MUSICA DEL FILM “THE IRISHMAN”

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LA MUSICA DEL FILM “THE IRISHMAN”

di/by ANNA & MARIA  SCIACCA  

Canzoni dai ritmi rock, blues, country, pop, in brani come “Let the four winds blow” di Fats Domino, “I hear you knockin’” di Smiley Lewis, “In the still of the night” del gruppo The five Satins, “A white sport coat” di Marty Robbins, “Que rico el mambo” di Perez  Prado, si ascoltano nell’America anni cinquanta e sessanta nel film “The Irishman” di Martin Scorsese. Alcune canzoni che si ascoltano durante il film  sono raccolte nell’album colonna sonora del film The Irishman realizzato dalla Sony Music. Il supervisore musicale americano  Randall Poster ha lavorato alla colonna sonora del film e il  musicista canadese Robbie Robertson (fondatore del famoso complesso musicale The Band) ha realizzato “Theme for the Irishman”, e “Remembrance”,  emozionanti brani strumentali  suonati con una vibrante armonica, tra i suoni intensi delle chitarre elettriche, i toni profondi del contrabasso e quelli rimbombanti delle percussioni. Robertson  ha già lavorato alla musica di vari films di   Martin Scorsese,  “Raging bull” (Toro scatenato), “The color of money” (Il colore dei soldi),  “The King of Comedy” (Re per una notte).

Martin Scorsese e Robbie Robertson in una foto dei primi anni di collaborazione

Della colonna sonora di un film,  il regista Martin Scorsese dice: “Per me, la musica è sempre stata essenziale. Quando ascolto la musica, comincio a vedere le immagini, a creare una storia”.  “La musica è sempre stata importante,  dischi,  radio,  juke box, musica ovunque, nelle strade e dalle finestre della gente.  La musica riflette un personaggio, descrive le scene di un film”. La maggiore parte delle riprese e il modo in cui mi approccio ad ogni scena deriva dalla musica”.

Come in molti dei suoi films:  “Quei bravi ragazzi”,  “Casino”, “Taxi driver”, Scorsese porta lo stile “Doo Wop”,  utilizzando ballabili brani rock & roll e melodie che rappresentano un’epoca. Come nel film “The Irishman”, in cui la musica aggiunge azioni ed emozioni ai personaggi di un film.


Rock & roll, blues, country, jazz rhythms… in songs like “Let the four winds blow” by Fats Domino, “I hear you knockin’” by Smiley Lewis, “In the still of the night” by the group The Five Satins, “A white sport coat” by Marty Robbins, “Que rico el mambo” by Perez Prado, we listen in the America of the fifties and sixties in the movie “The Irishman” by director Martin Scorsese. Some songs we listen to during the film are on the original motion picture soundtrack album realized by Sony Music.

The American music supervisor Randall Poster has worked to the movie soundtrack,  and the Canadian musician Robbie Robertson (founder of the renowned The Band) has realized the instrumental songs “Theme for The Irishman” and “Remembrance”, played with a vibrant harmonica, through the intense sounds of acoustic guitars, with the deep tunes of double bass and the rumbling drums. Robertson has already worked with director Martin Scorsese on the music for the movies “Raging bull”, “The color of money”, and “The king of comedy”.

Martin Scorsese and Robbie Robertson in a recent photograph

Of a movie soundtrack, the director Martin Scorsese says: “For me, music is always essential; when I hear the music, I start seeing the images, to create a story.  Music has always been important, records, radio, jukebox, music everywhere in the streets, through people’s windows. Sometimes a piece of music reflects a character for me, and I start to imagine the film scenes. In most of the shots, the way I approach myself to a scene derives from music”.

Like in many of his movies. “Goodfellas”,  “Casino”, “Taxi driver”, Scorsese brings the “Doo Wop” style utilizing dance rock & roll songs and melodies that represent an era. Like in “The Irishman”, in which music adds actions and emotions to the characters of the movie.

 


SONGS IN THE IRISHMAN MOVIE (Canzoni nella colonna sonora del film)

  • In the still of the night (I’ll Bear in mind) The five Satins
  • Tuxedo Junction – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  • I Hear You Knocking – Smiley Lewis
  • The Fats Man – Fat Domino
  • El Negro Zumbon – Flo Sandon’s
  • Le Grisbi – Jean Wetzel
  • Delicado – Percy Religion and His Orchestra
  • Have I Sinned – Donnie Elbert
  • Song of the Barefoot Contessa – Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra
  • Nocturne Bolero – Mario Nascimbene
  • You Belong To Me – Jo Stafford
  • A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) – Marty Robbins with Ray Conniff
  • Sally Go Around the Roses – The Jaynetts
  • Canadian Sundown – Eddie Heywood
  • Honky Tonk Pt 2 – Invoice Doggett
  • La Vie en Rose – Edith Piaf
  • Melancholy Serenade (Jackie Gleason Theme) – Jackie Gleason
  • You’re Our Boy – Vince Giordano that includes Johnny Gale
  • Que Rico el Mambo – Perez Prado y Su Orquesta
  • Stranger On The Shore – Mr. Acker Bilk
  • O God Of Loveliness – The USA Coast Guard Band
  • Cry – Johnnie Ray
  • Sleep Stroll – Santo & Johnny
  • Patricia – Perez Prado y Su Orquesta
  • Honky Tonk Pt 1 – Invoice Doggett
  • How Excessive he Moon – Stew Cutler, Paul Wells and Cliff Schmitt
  • The Time is Now – The Golddiggers
  • Spanish Eyes – Jerry Vale
  • Al Di La – Jerry Vale
  • Fake You Don’t See Her – Jerry Vale
  • Remembrance – Robbie Robertson
  • I Hear You Paint Homes – Robbie Robertson that includes Van Morrison

SONGS ON THE ALBUM SOUNDTRACK THE IRISHMAN

In the Still of the Night (The Five Satins)
Starting song, first song in the movie

Tuxedo Junction (Glenn Miller and His Orchestra)
Frank meets Russell

I Hear You Knockin’ (Smiley Lewis)
In the bar, Frank talks delivery of the  meat and entering the business

The Fat Man (Fats Domino)
Frank delivering the stolen meat, on his job as a driver

El Negro Zumbon (Flo Sandon’s)
Frank is officially introduced to Russel, in the club

Le Grisbi (Jean Wetzel)
Frank and Russell have dinner, speaking about his time in the war

Delicado (Percy Faith and His Orchestra)
Razor giving orders, while Frank beats Skinny

Have I Sinned (Donnie Elbert)
Frank beating the guy who owns money to Russell

Theme for the Irishman (Robbie Robertson)

Song of the Barefoot Contessa (Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra)

A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) (with Ray Conniff) (Marty Robbins)
Frank’s family playing bowling with Russel

Canadian Sunset (Single Version) (Eddie Heywood & Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra)

Honky Tonk, Pt. 1 (Bill Doggett)

Melancholy Serenade (Jackie Gleason)

Qué Rico el Mambo (Pérez Prado)

Cry (Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads)

Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny)

The Time Is Now (The GoldDiggers)

Al Di La (Jerry Vale & The Latin Casino All Stars)

Pretend You Don’t See Her (The Latin Casino All Stars)

 

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