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Uploaded on Nov 4, 2009
Here are two clips from Juraj Herz's wonderful first film as director, from a short story by Czech author Bohumil Hrabal.
Music by the great Zdenek Liska, who also wrote the score for Herz's Spalovac Mrtvol (The Cremator). Born 1922 in Smečno, died 1983 in Prague, Liška was the most prolific and important Czech film composer of his generation. Long term collaborator with Jan Švankmajer, Frantisek Vlácil and Karel Zeman. Master of instrumentation, his sound is instantly recognisable and endows with wit, beauty and quirkiness some of Europe's greatest films and animations.
Here Liška takes 'O sole mio' for a strange ride, and provides some tape speed fx which will be familiar to anyone who knows his music for "Ferda Mravanec." The long montage in the second clip is pretty impressive, too. After twenty years of writing cartoon music in Zlin, Liška turns the band on a sixpence to mark the intercutting of images with consummate ease.
If you're interested in Zdeněk Liška, there's a facebook page dedicated to his music - search for Liška Lovers Ltd./Liska Lovers Ltd.