“Il Diavolo nel Cervello” (Devil in the brain) is a film directed in 1971 by Sergio Sollima and screened at the beginning of the following year; it’s a psychological thriller in which tension is determined by the characters’ psyche more than their actions, and is therefore an atypical product, that was offered to an audience who at the time were mostly into the ‘Dario Argento suspence’, made of serial killers, ferocious murders and a pinch of erotism.
After three movies in the ‘spaghetti western’ genre and the noir “Città violenta” Sollima then decided to make something unpredictable, and paid the consequences of his resolution: his film went almost unnoticed, and it’s been reevaluated just today, together with the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone, who already scored Sollima’s previous works.
“Il diavolo nel cervello” works on an almost-full symphonic register: on a strings-made ground we have piano, harpsichord, flutes and brass instruments. It’s a very airy work that sips moments of tension, where the pace is dictated solely by jazzy drums played with bristles. Undoubtedly, one of the best productions of the Maestro from those early ‘70s, including Bruno Nicolai as a conductor and Edda Dell’Orso singing choirs.Yet another blend of music and imagery from the fervent Seventies to be rediscovered, here revived in LP format with a gatefold cover and a completely new graphic layout.