Nordicana Screen and Page Quiz with Barry Forshaw

Barry Forshaw is taking on any and all comers with a Nordicana Quiz on the Saturday (Screen 2, 6.15, 1 Feb).Think you know your Nordic Noir? Prove it and win an Arrow DVD!

NORDICANA QUIZ  Match your knowledge of The Bridge, The Killing, Borgen and Nordic Noir fiction with writer/journalist BARRY FORSHAW Time: 6.15 pm Saturday, Screen 2 Nordicana, The Old Truman Brewery, Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury St, off Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, Feb 1, 2

Vintage Goldsmith score for QBVII given new lease of life

QBVII Jerry Goldsmith Prometheus XPCD175  The days when impressively written orchestral film scores were granted a meagre thirty minutes or so of representation on LP — or, even worse, were not preserved apart from on the sprockets of the film the score was written for — thankfully seem more and more remote these days. And the current recognition of (and more importantly, restoration, reconstruction and recording of) the very best scores by such composers as Jerry Goldsmith is due to the indefatigable work of such producers as James Fitzpatrick, who here provides a generously filled two-CD set (in wide-ranging and detailed sound) containing one of Goldsmith’s most impressive scores, written for a solid Leon Uris TV drama. The latter went in for some tendentious pleading for the state of Israel, but such issues are unimportant in the context of this beautiful, Hebraic-sounding score, mostly in meditative vein (apart from a striking fanfare or two), with the missing pages of the score painstakingly restored by composer/orchestrator Aaron Purvis. There is one caveat, and it’s a small one: the CDs link the often-short cues, showcasing Goldsmith’s conception in organic fashion, but include one cue which is in fact ‘God Save the Queen’, followed by an undistinguished, source-music waltz. But this is nevertheless nearly two hours of vintage Goldsmith; aficionados of the composer will be in seventh heaven.

Mafia Thriller Salvo for UK showing

The much-acclaimed Italian thriller Salvo is to have a UK release in March. A henchman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house to eliminate someone from a rival Mafia clan, he discovers Rita, a young blind girl who powerlessly stands by while her brother is assassinated. When Salvo decides to spare her life, something extraordinary happens. From then on, these two beings – both haunted by the world they belong to – are linked together forever.Winner of the 2013 Grand Prix prize at Cannes, Salvo joins the great Italian mafia greats, skilfully handled by two of the most ground-breaking and up and coming directors in European cinema: FABIO GRASSADONIA and ANTONIO PIAZZA