Italo Disco. The Sparkling Sound of the 80s

  • 62'
  • Germany
  • 2021

Without Italo Disco, no house music, no Chemical Brothers, no Daft Punk, right? Which illustrates how jaunty youth music can age with great dignity. With plenty of fun facts, this documentary offers an excursion back to an epoch when millions of Europeans indulged in synthesisers, catchy melodies, and bizarre English lyrics. It was a German record producer who came up with the genre label. With an appropriate mix of seriousness and irony, the comments are delivered by international trendwatchers, sociologists, and of course the pioneers themselves.

Although too often described as one of the least cool music styles ever created, this is a sparkling and catchy music documentary, accompanied by great 1980s graphics and visuals. Its futuristic claim now appears to be justified: in the present day, it is played again or sampled by many DJs. Next time you hear ‘Dolce Vita’, you will recognise more than just the lyrics.

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Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET



Director
Alessandro Melazzini
Countries of production
Germany, Italy
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
62'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Italo Disco. Der Glitzersound der 80er
Languages
English, Italian, German
Producer
Alessandro Melazzini
Production Company
Alpenway Media
Sales
Rai Com
Screenplay
Alessandro Melazzini
Cinematography
Alexander Vexler
Editor
Massimiliano Cecchini
Sound Design
Ralph Bienzeisler
Music
Luca Vasco