I’ve been listening to this soundtrack a lot lately.
“Bora Bora” is a spicy 1968 Italian film. American International Pictures picked it up, trimmed 7 minutes, dubbed it to English, and substituted a new soundtrack by their resident composer, Les Baxter.
Les Baxter is one of the progenitors of the Exotica/Tiki music of the 50s and early 60s, He composed one of its enduring standards, “Quiet Village”. a hit for Martin Denny. (More in the Tulsa Tiki section of Tulsa TV Memories).
At right is a 1952 fan letter to Frank Morrow at KAKC in Tulsa, requesting “Quiet Village”. (Frank checked in with us a few days ago in the GroupBlog.)
Both the original and replacement scores are included on the album. I personally prefer the Baxter version. It’s lusher, moodier, and more unified-sounding.
Here is the download link at uploaded.net. When you click Free Download, ignore any offer of a “Java Plug-in”, and uncheck any “download manager” option presented. Exit the popup windows (you should get two).
Having enjoyed the soundtrack so much, I wanted to see the movie.
The New York Times wasn’t kind to it in that year: “Dull Double Bill“. The other movie on that bill was “Kama Sutra”, which, amazingly, I do remember seeing at the Admiral Twin Drive-In. I can testify that the Times was correct. Very boring and droning, just like its source material. The book read as though it were written by an obsessive but passionless taxonomist; every configuration had to be given a name, and the naming and classification itself had the most importance to the writer.
On the other hand, I did enjoy “Bora Bora” some 42 years later. Of course there is the soundtrack, and the photogenic landscape and people. The story might not be epic, but it does keep the show moving. The male protagonist comes off as a manipulative jerk. The female lead, Haydée Politoff, also starred in a film made around the same time by renowned French director Eric Rohmer, “La Collectionneuse” (The Collector). I’ve really liked his movies, so I will look for it.
“Bora Bora” has that weird 60s-70s time warp feel, but the nudity doesn’t seem especially gratuitous for the era. Maybe that’s what was in the trimmed 7 minutes.
The movie poster shouted, “Twice Banned in Europe!” Did the first ban fail due to popular demand or lack of interest?
Not Safe For Work (NSFW). Rated “R”.
“Bora Bora” on Hulu (browser only, not available on Hulu Plus Roku channel)