L’execution by Angelo Badalamenti. Performed by Sally Whitwell, melodica, toy piano and harpsichord.
This piece is a creepy story about some siamese twins… Here’s an excerpt from the digital booklet all about it *shivers*
There are many occasions in cinema and indeed in life when harsh judgements are placed upon individuals. Perhaps it’s due to some kind of pack instinct that humans have? Or perhaps it’s too much effort to research the details before you go accusing people of wrongdoing? Some creatures are labelled as bad, like vampires and werewolves, but they are also victims and hey, they need to eat too! Some we feel deserve this label, others not. It’s what they choose to do with this label that is the most interesting part of an often complicated story.
Let’s take the case of La Pieuvre (The Octopus) from The City of Lost Children (dir. Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet 1995). For a start, it has nothing to do with any deep sea creature. They, for they are two women (humans), are siamese twins joined at the lower leg who run an orphanage rather in the style of Charles Dickens’s Fagin i.e. the children are expected to pick pockets and fund the octopus’s lifestyle. To cut a long story short, they own a trained flea that performs only when it hears, L’éxécution a piece performed by The Octopus on their barrel organ. It’s performance triggers a response in the flea, to poison a person. The victim of said poisoning will then kill the first person they see. Confused? Whatever. Nobody can prove La Pieuvre is a murderer and whilst theirs is an abominable action, you’ve got to admire that kind of ingenuity.