High Hopes

Atypical Post?Take a break on my stuffs,so let’s speak about Female gorgeosity … She’s a  beautiful woman,model,24 years old; (Bulgarian Italian mother Greek father Origin)Nov. 2003 Penthouse pet,unfortunately(it depends by POV)became actress for the dark side of Hollywood,adult enterteniment XXX,what a Hot Lovely Falling Angel.


She Said at the beginning:

Penthouse pet of the Month  Anais Alexander isn’t sorry to be leaving her Pismo Beach, California, home for the excitement of Los Angeles. “I grew up in a very small town,” she says. “Except for going to the beach, there was absolutely nothing to do. Now I’m ready to break out and explore the world. I want to do a lot of modeling and traveling and learn all about photography, writing, and directing. This is my first time posing nude, but it was an incredible experience. I was ready to go out and greet the world, and now, thanks to  Penthouse the world has an opportunity to meet me!”

Ok,I “Meet” her probably after the point of no return straight to tricky paying bills matters,so at least I would heartfelt say,referring to some  photos of her ,I absolutely love when she smile, everything turn better.

Addicted Soundtrack


The Insider (Earned 7 Nomination at Academy Awards 2000)came our on Movie Theaters 5 November 1999,9 years ago telling us Warning: Exposing the Truth May Be Hazardous.
Apparently an awkward film, it is not a sheer coincidence if Touchstone home video has been supplying it erratically in Italy for several years, both in DVD and in VHS version, by labelling that as commercial strategy, it deserves, however, a careful analysys as far as the extraordinary music component is concerned.
At first, Graeme Revell (The Crow) should have been the only composer for the film but Michael Mann, because of the good relationship set up while working for Heat, asked Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke (both exes of the group Dead Can Dance) their collaboration for The Insider by asking,at first,their permission to use two tracks from their album Duality(Tempest and Sacrifice).
Only after having listened to a demo DAT with some inspired music tracks(in addition to having been composed not specifically targetd to the film core and situation), he decided to assign them the bulk of the music composition, having them working directly on some shots.
It has also been essential the contribution of the music supervisor and composer Curt Sobel (already collaborator for Heat as musical advisor and, previously, of the Tangerine Dream), a habitué in improving the “sound visibility” of a feature film and it is not a coincidence that a couple of unpublished pieces of him have been used to emphasise some part of The Insider.
Bourke and Gerrard decided to mix their initial demo tracks as if they were the final finished composition; this kind of choice seems to have remarkably affected Michael Mann’s eventual decision.
Production Featurette itself, included in the DVD, has unpublished pieces expressly composed by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke but not used in the film(Example see the “ escort to the Court ‘s” scene)
Among the tracks omitted in the official score CD there is one called Meltdown Precursor; this deep and touching piece begins when Jeffrey Wigand is having lunch and understands from TV that a slanderous campaign against him is going on; the piece ends while the already known moving and hypnotic Meltdown starts.
As far as other pieces omitted from the official score are concerned I quote below a short list. Unfortunately, the very difficult availability of some piece hinders me from matching them with the related scenes, but for the three last mentioned:

Uotaaref Men Elihabek Cashbah Orchestra
Smokey Mountain Waltz Richard Gilks
Suffocate & Night Stop Curt Sobel
Hot Shots Curt Sobel
Armenia by Einstűrzende Neubauten
(Jeffrey gets home and finds out he has bodyguards)
Two or Three Things by David Darling (Jeffrey is abandoned by his wife)
taken from the album Cello
Litany by Arvo Part (Jeffrey at the golf course)
taken from the album Litany
*The pieces Tempest (Opening Sequence)and Sacrifice composed by Lisa Gerrard and Peiter Bourke are included in the album Duality(4ad)

Pieter Bourke- Lisa Gerrad- Michael Mann


THE INSIDER Columbia Sony Catalog#: 496458 2

1 Tempest Lisa Gerrard 2:52
2 Dawn of the Truth 2:00
3 Sacrifice 7:42
4 The Subordinate 1:17
5 Exile 1:40
6 The Silencer 1:39
7 Broken 2:04
8 Faith 3:02
9 I’m Alone on This Graeme Revell 2:02
10 LB in Montana Graeme Revell 0:51
11 Palladino Montage Graeme Revell 0:45
12 Iguazu – Gustavo Santolalla 3:12
13 Liquid Moon 4:06
14 Rites [Special Edit for the Film] – Jan Garbarek 5:34
15 Safe from Harm [Perfecto Mix] – Massive Attack 8:14
16 Meltdown 5:41

The pieces 1-8/ 13,16 have been composed, arranged and directed by Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke

Dreading Simulacrum

In the middle of 80’s,starting his early career as Freelance in RAI Italian Public Tv  ,Dante Spinotti  (born in Tolmezzo, Udine, August 1943),flyed in to Carolina U.S. where the producer Dino De Laurentiis had the pleasure to present him to Michael Mann.

The Producer whom bought the rights about the Thomas Harris Book Red Dragon show his intention to produce a feature with the Italian DOP and the young Chicago native Director (born on Feb 1943).

After a short technical meeting where Dante Spinotti showed any of his works to Michael Mann obtained from the Director a safe “green light” and any week later the Manhunter’s preproduction started.

Michael Mann’s carefulness lay one of its roots in to a previous deep search into criminology world ,this kind of preparation is reflected very in to pre-production works and settings , works that required many weeks of tests and started from lightings to equipment choices.

Dante praising Michael’s discipline , know how and competence, put his choices over Eastman film stock, processed later by Technicolor labs using Zeiss camera Lenses 18mm,25mm,35mm,50mm,85mm,135mm T 1.4 (transmission factor),going with Super 35 to 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio , the first feature on Super 35 shot  with Joe Dunton Camera BL III’s(modified Arriflex BLIII), and some of the cinematography seem inspired at the “Year of the Dragon’s” Look shot by Alex Thomson BSC , British cinematographer whom worked with Michael Mann on THE KEEP(1983).

Super 35 use spherical lenses, this kind of lenses have a better reaction in low lights levels, so are faster smaller and lighter if compared to anamorphic lenses, either Super 35 negative can be use for produce high quality release in any aspect ratio, as the final frame will be extracted and converted from the lager full frame negative, in this case Anamorphic format 2.35:1

The higher depth of field by night and the lighter weigh of spherical lenses permitted a better handling  on Steadycam shoot  and this was not a secondary factor to Manhunter’slook

Every aspect of Red Dragon isn’t casual ,every thing got a design that define a sense of noxious ,distorted and madness ,every colours from the romantic blue showed in to the real house of the artist Robert Rauschenberg(October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008) ,from the violet light coming to sink and melting to the neutral white of the bricks take up with  the symmetry of the bars in Lector’s cell passing by through Richard Meier ‘s High Museum of Atlanta used for Graham’s Panic scene; to the green ‘s madness of Dolarhide ;every camera’s angles and every locations are built for create a sense of terror , meanwhile everything is connected with the story and its dynamics ,included  thoughts , interiors ,moments and emotions.

With these concepts ,been made many original solution takes as shot from car’s trunk for give a certain stylistic cut during a car chase . Michael Mann gave to the Production Designer Mel Bourne(multi nominated by Academy  and Thief’s Production Designer) the hard task to make real his ideas .

This work been easy because Mel has the pleasure to work with a Director with a great sense aesthetic as good eye and eager to take his chances, factors that ,at the end ,make things better never addicted to banality  and ever well congenial and exciting.

Under a congenial purple’s Sky at the first light of Dawn started the shoots for the final confrontation in Dolarhide’s house ,this build been inspired to a certain American’s Modernism of 40’s/50’s and was built close the Cape Fear river,where  certain climactic condition (mist) create a unique atmosphere .This scene involved many cameras settings with different speeds,24 Fps,36 Fps,72 Fps,90 Fps, either involved hardly stunts and special effect crew but at the end in post production earned an amazing editing.

On A real Flight during a troupe’s transfer from Chicago to Captiva Florida , the crew grab cameras sound and lighting equipment on hand baggage and this situation allowed to made the shoot of the scene where Will Graham is sleeping ,dreaming about his wife while unwary he is leaving free to view some photos about the transformation in to artistic products ,cruel homicides  by Tooth Fairy(Tom Noonan),upsetting a little girl sit close him,  during all this mess  the camera linger, contrasting the mad contents of the sequence, over a wonderful sky kissing the airplane’s wing. This scene were set while the steward served the dinner .

manhunter-flight-scene-pic-3The continuous search of realism and details are also vivid on the scenes set in to Washington D.C.,on the background the Edgar Hoover Building and his Arcs(But Could be The Smithsonian American Art Museum) , Spinotti catch one of most beautiful sequence of the film; Michael Mann wanted real Swat Agent for the scene set into a Car Park named THE JOGGER, scene that had his real moments of tension and postponed on next night due a real gunfight happened between police and robbers one block next.

Stronghold of the contemporary Cinema that with is formula has influenced all the recent productions of genre, productions more and more convicted that our monsters our fear have human’s faces,one thing is certain Manhunter is the exception that confirm the rule that for obtain certain results the monstrosity (citing the authors) can have a meaning not nearly negative.

My HandPaints

SOLITUDE(1991) She’s My best company,at the begin ,watercolour on paper



ALIEN(1997) My homage to HR Giger,watercolour on paper


The K-night This was made on 1998 Deeply Inspired by THE KEEP,WaterColour on Paper

ORCA (1999) my favourite creature on my favourite light,watercolour on paper

(1999)DEFINITELY NEW YORK for my cousin living in Manhattan

FOR DEBBIE(2001) For My friend singer living in L.A. Debbie Diamond of the Januaries,watercolour on paper

ALBA 2002 Admitted at Italian Navy Contest,I’m a Navy’s Painter


BERTONE(2003) ,this was my way to say THANK YOU the Bertone After Sale Manager for help to fix my new car (on warranty) made by Bertone Factory,skipping dealer red tape,then I visited all the factory and all the production process,October 2003,was really a great experience,watercolour on paper.

Genova Christ(2006-08),was made for a friend of mine into his house in Genova,he had this door on yard free and ask me to free my mind and my hand…was an hard job,expecially drawing the “hands”,reviewed and completed on August 2k8,Acrylic Colour on wall

Renè Magritte

He is my favourite , I really love his works , his “eye”,his hand, I knew few things about him but I just start to read a good book about Magritte written by Marcel Paquet (published by Taschen ISBN 3-8228-0916-0),really a great , enjoyable book!
“I can imagine a sunny landscape under a night sky;
only a god is capable of visualizing it and conveying it through the medium of paint, however.
In the expectation that I will become one, I am dropping the project..”


Battle of the Aragonne 1958



I had the pleasure to listen July Skies on Myspace,their oustandig song WAITING TO LAND from The English Cold Album was played in the background of a friend of mine page(Stefano),was love at first “sight”.
This track really loose us in to synth loop…amazing

Directly from their management in to UK (West Midlands) Make Mine Music I had the lucky to grab 2 of the 3 albums that I own.
I felt to wrote also some mails with leader “brain”of the Group Antony Harding starting great correspondence, trying to explane ,with success,my emotions about what I’m hearing , rare emotions and thougts,Music that is the rendering of certain kind of vison,made of light colours and shadows;That’s was Enough for linked my experience with Mogwai,is not a case but the real link with that thought go to John Peel, he was a great Talent Scout ,Rest in Peace.
The outstanding albums that I own are Dreaming of Spires(RocketGirl32)special mentions to The Night Sky-Garden Constellation-To Love You Blossom- Corinivm-East Kenneth Skies-Southern Orchards;The English Cold(MakeMineMusic009) East Anglian Skies-Waiting to Land-August Country Fires-Faded Generation;The Weather Clock (MakeMineMusic027) The Weater Clock EP VERSION(with Unreleased tracks)with any special mentions to See Britain by Train both also the EP VERSION-Wating to the test card-Skies For Nash-To My Love

Refferning to any tracks the use classic instruments as organ,cello,piano,clarinet melt perfect with any of moderns as guitar and Keyboards/synths,both immerse in to reverbs that really turn in to a musical lifeform or better waveform.
Skipping comparison or similarity with any 4AD past productions,obvius but deeply far to be, I would try to found the right words for describe this kind of subliminal,healing music ,that keeping a sort symbiosis between tracks as for a perfect mechanism of a clock,music that evolves or better improve album after albums ,a sort of post rock melts with ambient and electronic sounds,giving unique results unique sensations.
I loved so much the English Cold but I would Highly recommended all the albums mentioned for understand the grown and expecially whom lost hope in musics.


Waiting To Land – Live (Birmingham, UK – 09.04.05) by July Skies