The soundtrack of the latest animated film from Pixar, Luca, features a few legendary singers from the world of Italian pop: Gianni Morandi, Mina, Edoardo Bennato, and Rita Pavone. Morandi enjoyed a nice spike in sales and YouTube hits after being featured in another soundtrack a couple of years, the Oscar-winning “Parasite.” The four noted artists are all still active and, hopefully, all these wonderful songs achieve some new success.
Happy birthday to Stefania Sandrelli who turns 70 today! One of Sandrelli’s early films, and unknown to US audiences, was “Io la conoscevo bene,” a 1965 comedy-drama from Antonio Pietrangeli considered a classic in Italy. The movie was released in the US this year as part of the Criterion Collection and is recommended not only for Sandrelli’s star performance and the movie’s comparisons to La Dolce Vita, but music fans would appreciate the soundtrack containing classics from Mina, Sergio Endrigo, Ornella Vanoni and Peppino DiCapri.