One of Italy's most prolific and creative composers, Turin-born Piero Piccioni released dozens of scores for many different types of films during his lifetime, and wrote hundred of songs, the most alluring and provocative of which are collected here on The Seduction of Piero Piccioni. Culling tracks from C'Era Una Volta, Fumo di Londra, Mr. Dante Fontana, and I Giovani Tigri, among others, Piccioni's music captures the warmth and innovation of Italian pop music of the time combined with the power to truly propel and define a particular scene. There are a lot of great, fun tracks here – "Easy Dreamer," "Una Colt in Mano al Diavolo," "Capriccio," "Mr. Dante Fontana," and "Richmond Bridge" to name a few – so for anyone interested either in Italian film or Italian music, or just film and music in general, The Seduction of Piero Piccioni is a must-have.
More than ten years after the Art of Noise left Trevor Horn's ZTT label to record on their own, original members Anne Dudley and Paul Morley reunited with Horn plus 10cc's Lol Creme to record another LP, organized around the work of French modernist composer Claude Debussy. With a guest list including John Hurt as well as Rakim, the album charts the artistic use of sampled breakbeats – pioneered by the Art of Noise themselves – with nods to '80s hip-hop plus their '90s equivalent, drum'n'bass. Though the Art of Noise doesn't sound quite as brash as they did in their '80s prime, The Seduction of Claude Debussy is an interesting showcase of what made the group great.
1986's collects the biggest hits and definitive album tracks of her career up to that point, including and For the most part the collection concentrates on the smooth, soulful ballads with which made her name, although there are a few of her more up-tempo tracks, like and for variety's sake. Strangely, the collection doesn't include one of her biggest hits for Arista, opting instead for from that album. Still, despite the collection's brevity, The Best of does give a good, concise idea of the sound and songs that made one of the best urban songstresses of the '70s and '80s.
OCN boldly presents Temptation of Eve, a sexy thriller about the lust and temptation experienced by four women and their victims of love. Now available in English subtitles, Temptation of Eve looks to Hollywood's Basic Instinct as its model, creating sensationalism and interest in a genre rarely tackled in the history of Korean film. Despite being aired on cable, one of the drama's four episodes, Episode 3: Her Own Technique, scored ratings comparable to that of a top-rated drama on a major broadcast channel. The main attractions of Temptation of Eve are its sophisticated cinematography, shocking but meticulously created intimate scenes, grisly murder plots, and the complex portrayal of its characters.
Episode 1: Angel
Returning from a steamy excursion with her lover, Hee Ra finds her husband dead in her bedroom. Although Hee Ra has a solid alibi, detective Min Ho's intuition points to the wife as the murderer. In search of evidence, the detective begins to observe her daily routine, but gradually he is spellbound by her irresistible charm. Then another suspect appears, someone from Hee Ra's past, whom Min Ho believes to be the culprit. Seeing the closure of the murder case, Min Ho and Hee Ra become closer than ever. But past secrets reveal themselves, taking Min Ho to the point of no return…