Shot mostly on location in Egypt, Velluto Nero uses clever stunt casting by pairing ebony beauty Laura Gemser with 20-year old French model Annie Belle, who was best known for her slender figure, porcelain complexion and close-cropped hydrogen-blonde hairstyle. Together they form the perfect ying-yang of erotic fantasies as they get more involved in each other’s lives.
The score by brothers Alberto & Dario Baldan Bembo is a balancing act between the European characters and the African continent. Tribal funk and slinky instrumentals work together for the two women’s descent into an erotic cult. Recurring themes with different orchestrations (often featuring choirs and organ) make this a must have for collectors of Italian cult cinema scores.
This is the first-ever complete release of the original soundtrack, produced by Claudio Fuiano and mastered by Chris Malone. The richly illustrated booklet includes liner notes by Gergely Hubai discussing the film, the composers and the score.