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Italo Disco. The sparkling sound of the 80s

  • Italo Disco - Spaghetti Music (Working title)
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Documentary | 2020-2021 | arte, BR [de] | Culture, Music | Germany, Italy

Shooting data

Start of shooting21/10/2019
End of shooting07/08/2020

Project data


Press documents

Behind the scenes

Brief synopsis

Italo Disco. The sparkling sound of the 80s immerses the audience in a musical universe of an era.

An era where millions of young Europeans would let loose to a wild beat of music made with synthetic and captivating melodies, more or less weird English lyrics, electronic rhythms and visionary music videos.

They were cybernetic tracks fueled by hopes and dreams of the young musicians, who were capable of releasing mind-blowing pop, and always moving between trash and brilliance.

It was the world of Italo Disco: born in Italy, reinforced in Germany, that made the whole planet dance.

By telling the birth and development of a music genre with many souls, this documentary analyzes the creative, productive and business aspects of what was a music industry and social phenomenon.

By doing an in depth archive research with interviews to artists and leading personalities of that time. Such as Sabrina Salerno, Linda Jo Rizzo, Johnson Righeira, Savage and La Bionda brothers, together with djs today's experts including DJ Hell and Mathias Modica.

Pulsing to the engaging rhythm of tracks of that era, as well as revealing lesser-known cult songs unknown to the general public, Italo Disco. The sparkling sound of the 80s takes the viewer on a journey of discovery of a sound that is as commercial as it is futuristic.

The sound of an era often told but not always understood.


Motion graphics designerFlavio Rosati
Title designerMichael Paul
ColoristAlexander Vexler
Director of photographyAlexander Vexler
Drone camera operatorLucas Fuchs
Assistant camera (non fiction)Lucas Fuchs
Assistant camera (non fiction)Manuel Lübbers
DirectorAlessandro Melazzini
EditorMassimiliano Cecchini
ComposerLuca Vasco
Music supervisorBarbara S. Weber
ProducerAlessandro Melazzini
Production managerMarisa Scherini
ScreenwriterAlessandro Melazzini
Transcript translationLuigi Lo Grasso
Production sound mixerEick Hoemann
Production sound mixerJesús Casquete González
Sound recordist (non fiction)Havir Gergolet
Image researchGuglielmo Parisani

Production companies

Alpenway Media GmbH
BR Bayerischer Rundfunk [de]
RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana [it]
(RAI Com) coproduction
(RAI Com) coproduction
Arte [de/fr]

Distribution / Sales companies

RAI Com [it]
International distribution
International distribution


Score /MusicDaydream Music & Media GmbH
Subtitles / Audio descriptionMimikri Media


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Alessandro Melazzini2023Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival [si]
Special mention (Noisy Cat competition)
Special mention (Noisy Cat competition)Winner
Alessandro Melazzini2023Worldfest Houston [us]
Gold remi Award - Documentary
Gold remi Award - DocumentaryWinner


2023IsraelEPOS International Art Film Festival
2023BelgiumRoxy Music Fest
Opening film
Opening film
2023CroatiaDORF Film Festival
Section The Secret History of Rock
Section The Secret History of Rock
2023SloveniaGrossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival
2022ItalyLucca Film Festival
2022SpainIn-Edit Barcelona
2022SpainDock of the Bay Festival de Cine Documental Musical
2022South KoreaBucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
2022ItalyFestival del Cinema Tedesco Roma


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
First showingAustriaORF [at]Sunday, 27/08/2023, 10.15 PM
First showingFrancearteFriday, 29/07/2022, 11.35 PM
First showingGermanyarteFriday, 29/07/2022, 11.15 PM

Cinema releases and premieres

PremiereFriday, 29/10/202125th Ji.hlava Int'l Documentary Film Festival