I Diavolo Della Guerra Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score War Devils by Stelvio Cipriani.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 66.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
I Diavoli Della Guerra AKA War Devils is a 1969 war drama film directed by Bitto Albertini and starring Guy Madison, Venantino Venantini and Anthony Steel. A German Captain and American Captain help each other survive the North African desert during WWII. They meet again a year later during combat operations in France. The score is composed by Stelvio Cipriani.
The album runs for about 45 minutes. The score starts with a march as it should. ‘The War Devils March’ is an unintentionally funny cue. It starts with some “La la la la la” notes from a young female choir (or is it children?). Then some manly men joins in. This is very funny and I started laughing. But surely this isn’t intentional, or is it? In any case, the real march starts soon with horns and marching drums. That’s a proper march right there. Decent opening. ‘Sabotage’ is next up and that it suspenseful, really suspenseful as it slowly grows in intensity and pitch using cliches such as the vibrating repeating strings. You know what? It’s exciting and that’s what matters. ‘Tanks vs Tanks’ is a very dramatic cue, going into suspense and maybe a little bit of action as well with hammering down of strings, horns, percussion and everything else. To me, this definitely sounds like a war time cue. ‘Desert March’ sounds suspenseful as well, but more like a spy thriller, particularly the flute and sometimes percussion.
In fact, there’s a lot of marches here, not that I mind. I like a good march. The thematic material isn’t strong though and I think that’s why it suffers a bit in marches and otherwise. ‘Allright Let’s Move On’ is a Spanish sounding march, but it’s still a march. ‘Defusing The Mines’ is not a march, but it has march-like percussion and not much else. In the background there’s some faint music, but wow, this was hard to get through. Well thanks for cues like ‘Assembling The Men’ which is a nice waltz-like cue and ‘Infiltration’ which is a nice piano and whistle cue because getting through cues like ‘Checkpoint’ and ‘John Raush’ was brutal.
There are a lot of alternatives after ‘Finale’, but most of them just seem to be outtakes from what I already heard. On the other hand, they do provide a nice focused selection on what’s the score is all about. The one difference being ‘Romantic’ which wasn’t in the main score, and yes indeed its a romantic theme played on strings and woodwinds. I think it’s the best cue on the score. And then you have ‘Devil Humm’ which is some man “bap bap bap’-ing the main theme and yet it’s not the worst cue on the score.
This score might appeal to march-loving people, but it didn’t appeal to me even though I love a good march. There was something about the structure of the score. It felt like it could be worked upon, make the music a little bit more busy. I think that would be the key to me liking it more.