Friday, 3 October 2008

‘Mambo Italiano’ at the Barbican Cinema

Tired of the Cold War yet? On Wednesday October 8 the Hammett Story Agency in association with Barbican Cinema presents Mambo Italiano: Exotica Explored. Here is some information from the press release:

‘Italian writer and musicologist Francesco Adinolfi will discuss his book Mondo Exotica: Music for the Cocktail Generation, a study of Western culture’s fascination with 'exotica' during the 50s and 60s through music – Martin Denny, Yma Sumac and the later subgenres of exotica such as the mood music and spy music composed for Italian films of the 60s. Francesco will be interviewed by Ken Hollings, the London-based novelist and cultural historian (Welcome to Mars, Destroy All Monsters) with a special interest in Cold War-era popular culture.

‘Their conversation will be followed by a screening of Diabolik (d. Mario Bava, 1968), a tongue-in-cheek 60s Italian spy thriller starring John Phillip Law & Marisa Mell, based on a popular Italian comic-book series and featuring the kind of exotica-influenced film score that will be under discussion.'

The event starts at 8.45pm at Barbican Cinema 2. For more information, click here

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