If you like dazzling cinematography, gratuitous softcore nudity, and the sex and drug experiences of 24-year-old teenagers treated like Shakespeare—head on over to HBO’s Euphoria!
I don’t really want to talk about Euphoria. It’s beautifully made, albeit dramatically over-the-top for my taste—but I guess that’s how kids experience their lives (the point?).
I do want to mention the penultimate episode of season two, which is the production of Lexi’s play (seemingly on a budget of $500K).
I was already impressed with the music choices and scoring throughout Euphoria—and this episode is chock-full of “retro cult” classics by Piccioni, Morricone, Trovajoli, Lai...what a joy to hear these tracks in a new context!
Some of these are “deep cuts” and they’re glorious:
No surprise, they work like gangbusters against the picture. The great stuff just doesn’t age!
There is also a memorable needle-drop of Alex North’s love theme from Spartacus.
Getting a youth audience to swoon over Alex North is a more than worthy achievement in my book!
I always love when old scores are put in a new context. I know some people complain, but I don’t. I loved the first season of Homecoming, too.
Kids—don’t do drugs! Listen to Piccioni instead!