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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Nerosubianco is a 1969 avant-garde film written and directed by Tinto Brass.

The soundtrack was by Freedom, two ex-Procol Harum members, Ray Royer and Bobby Harrison. Brass commissioned them to write fourteen songs for Nerosubianco. A minor classic of late-sixties psychedelia.

Guido Crepax drew the storyboards and created the graphics. Shooting began in October 1967 and the film premiered Cannes festival in May 1968. Disembodied voices occasionally break through saying, in both Italian and English, “Qualcosa come un sogno” - “Something like a dream.” A song goes further: “Didn’t you know that your misty eyes haven’t seen? They’ve been telling lies in dreams.”

Film critic John Gillett stated in the November 1973 Monthly Film Bulletin that the film "employs a non-narrative cut-up technique involving all manner of editing devices, freeze-frames and negative effects, in a film shot on location in London by an obviously resourceful cameraman. One suspects that it must have been pretty incoherent in its original form, but as presented here with extensive cuts, it is an incomprehensible shambles, neither sexy enough for the exploitation market nor fashionable enough for art houses.

The film’s production manager was artist-poet-photographer-filmmaker-videomaker Nick Saxton, went on to pioneer the music-video phenomenon.


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