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 Posted:   Nov 13, 2015 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   Quartet Records   (Member)

Music Composed and Conducted by Riz Ortolani
Limited edition of 350 units

Quartet Records presents the premiere release of great Riz Ortolani comedy gem!. Directed by Rod Amateau in 1971, starring David Niven, Virna Lisi, Robert Vaughn and John Cleese.

Based on the play of Australian playwright Alex Coppel, The Statue tells the story of Alex Bolt (Niven), a British linguist whose development of a universal language makes him an international sensation and the recipient of a Nobel prize. Ambitious diplomat Roy Whiteley commissions Bolt’s wife to sculpt a statue of her husband which can be erected at a London square, but the 18-foot nude of the linguist poses a special challenge...

The score of The Statue is a breezy affair spearheaded by its title song "Charlie" whose instrumental version opens the CD. The insane globetrotting affair is augmented by similarly colorful cues, making this score Riz Ortolani's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Highlights include Alex’s futile attempts at taking a few photos during a boat trip (Seq. 4) and the Zorba-inspired sirtaki cue for our hero’s trip to the Meteora monasteries in Greece (Seq. 7).

This albums marks the first ever release of this short but catchy score, containing the album mock-up prepared by Maestro Ortolani himself in 1971, but it had finally never released. Mastered by Claudio Fuiano from the stereo album tapes, courtesy of The Riz Ortolani Estate, with a pristine sound. The 8-page full color booklet features liner notes by Gergely Hubai discussing the film and the score.

This album is now on stock. For order, more info and listen audio samples, please visit

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2015 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

That's great. So far the Ortolani from 70 and 71 tend to be my favourite.

 Posted:   Nov 18, 2015 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

The release of this soundtrack album offers hope to me that items of this ilk continue to be possible amidst lackluster sales on vintage material plus an overall indifference displayed toward cinema deemed 'obscure' and which remains unfamiliar due to a number of any assorted reasons.

Bearing in mind that Riz Ortolani is not a favorite composer of mine and that comedy soundtracks rarely satisfy my desire for serious dramatic music, I nevertheless shout out to congratulate Quartet for championing some of the 'underdog' composers and having faith in the preservation of film music of varying styles and origins.

Never have I seen this movie The Statue, but I've been familiar with its existence for almost 30 years thanks to publications such as Halliwell's film guides, Maltin's paperback books, the Faber companion to foreign films, etc. (the contents of which have permanent places in my memory)
Ortolani's The Statue comes as a complete (though pleasant) surprise to me.
As with a few of Quartet's discs of music by Giorgio Gaslini, The Statue accumulates little or no response from FSM board members despite that it is probably known (at least I hope so) by cinema mavens. I expect that some folks may have even seen The Statue when it was released in 1971 (paging BillCarson and others smile ).

Ironic that a British comedy gets its soundtrack possible via tapes sources from Italy. If The Statue had been recorded in England with music by a UK composer, then in all likelihood there would never be a soundtrack for The Statue - ever!

The above reasons ensure that Quartet's The Statue has entered onto my wish list of CDs to buy regardless its composer or genre.
I may not care for The Statue that much whenever I will get it - but I nonetheless feel the need to show my appreciation for the 'rare' stuff by purchasing it.
Pre-1980s music is becoming an endangered species if the number of pressings (350) is any indication. Folks: if you wish for these types of albums to continue to be produced in the future, then NOT buying them is not helping the situation.

 Posted:   Jun 20, 2016 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Having recently gotten The Statue, I can now speculate that this item would have most likely surfaced onto GDM had that label not ceased issuing non-Morricone titles after 2014.
The Statue continued to remain in the pipeline of the mini-Ortolani (posthumous) revival,
though I guess that Quartet either inherited the album masters from Dell-Orso or else emerged as the most successful bidder.

As for the music, Ortolani gratefully avoids any cartoonish mickey-mousing and each cue comes across as an easy listening number (not unlike an album of Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass).
If one likes brassy instrumentals with some ethnic flavorings, then one should not bypass The Statue.

[FYI, The Statue is no longer erected @ Intrada wink ]

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2016 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Not seen the film zardoz, it was rare for italian thrillers to make uk tv in the 70s let alone a comedy/farce.
Im seriously captivated by virna lisi and ive never been disappointed by an ortolani score ive heard - he is a much better composer than his existing status among the usual italian composers.
Valachi papers is the one im waiting for.
Equally this sounds great - despite the fact the plot is a little odd.
Its also known among cd producers that italian comedies, non morricone, are the kiss of death saleswise so kudos to quartet, as you say, for this release.

 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 9:22 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Any easily-offended thin-skins wish to take apart THE STATUE by Riz Ortolani?

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 2:08 AM   
 By:   Mark   (Member)

Any easily-offended thin-skins wish to take apart THE STATUE by Riz Ortolani?

It's white, and naked. Not good.

And the four onlookers should be more ethnically diverse too.

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 4:46 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

And judging from their expressions and the angle of the statue's leg, he seems a bit small!

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Is he Confederate?

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   Mark   (Member)

And judging from their expressions and the angle of the statue's leg, he seems a bit small!

He could be erect!

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2020 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

And judging from their expressions and the angle of the statue's leg, he seems a bit small!

He could be erect!

Only if dresses tongue right

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