Izbavitelj (The Rat Saviour)

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Izbavitelj – also known as The Rat Saviour – is a 1976 Croatian horror Sci-Fi film directed by Krsto Papić. The film was selected as the Yugoslav entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 49th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. In 1999, a poll of Croatian film critics found it to be one of the best Croatian films ever made.

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Based on the Russian Alexander Grin’s 1920’s novel Pacolovac (“The Ratcatcher”), Izbavitelj (literally ‘saviour’ or ‘redeemer’) sees down and out writer, Ivan Gajski (Ivica Vidovic) not only struggling to have his novels published but also being turfed out of his lodgings. Left to sleep on benches in cold Zagreb, he meets pretty local Sonja Boskovic (Mirjana Majurec) selling books on the street. Forming a bond, he takes her number, little realising the circumstances he will use it. Taking to park benches for the night, he bumps into an…

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Phantom of the Paradise (film)

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‘He sold his soul for rock n’ roll’

Phantom of the Paradise is a 1974 American musical horror film written and directed by Brian De Palma (Carrie, The Fury, Dressed to Kill).

The story is a loosely adapted mixture of The Phantom of the OperaThe Picture of Dorian Gray and Faust. Initially, it was a box office failure and was panned by some critics but has since acquired a cult following.

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Plot:

Winslow Leach (William Finley, Eaten Alive, The Funhouse) is a frustrated songwriter, who finally makes his big break when his support act for The Juicy Fruits is seen by mysterious rock ‘n’ roll svengali, Swan (played by genuine 70’s song-writing behemoth, Paul Williams – also in The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula) who pinpoints his music as the ideal debut act for his new mega-club, The Paradise.

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Fabio Frizzi (musician and composer)

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Fabio Frizzi (born July 2, 1951) is an Italian musician and composer.

Born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Frizzi is best known for his film scores and work for television. A frequent collaborator with the director Lucio Fulci, his scores have become some of the most widely known in the genre.

Frizzi’s early years saw him as a guitarist in a succession of ever-louder bands, despite the protestations of his father who saw him as a future lawyer. A chance meeting with the music publisher, Carlo Bixio, saw the formation of his first ‘professional’ group in his early twenties, alongside the composer and conductor, Carlo’s brother, Franco, and Vince Tempera. As a group, known as Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera, they shared composition duties and Frizzi concentrated on the guitars, with Tempera covering keyboards.

With Bixio’s publishing contacts, soundtrack work came easily, beginning with the western, And Now… Make Your Peace With God (Ed ora… raccomanda l’anima a Dio! 1968) and continuing successfully…

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