La Passione

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This article is about the 1996 film and music album. For other uses, see Passione (disambiguation).
La Passione
Soundtrack album by Chris Rea
Released 1996
Length 54:50
Label East West
Producer Chris Rea
Chris Rea chronology
The Best of Chris Rea
La Passione
The Blue Cafe

La Passione is a British 1996 drama film written and produced by Chris Rea, directed by John B. Hobbs, and starring Sean Gallagher, Paul Shane and Shirley Bassey. The film premiered on 14 November 1996 at the BFI London Film Festival. The film features a cameo appearance by Rea, as well the same-titled soundtrack also composed by him.


The film was released in five UK cities cinema from 16 May 1997.[1] It is a tale of 10-year-old northern boy, the son of a Italian immigrant ice-cream making family, who develops a lifelong obsession with motor racing and especially with the real-life racer Wolfgang Von Trips, who was killed in his sharknose Ferrari 156 at the Monza Grand Prix in 1961.[1][2]

The movie is partially inspired by the Rea's childhood experience.[1] Rea commented how "everyone's got a Von Trips in their life ... for some people it happened through football or movies - a day when a boy's empty, innocent mind suddenly has all kinds of new stuff blown into it".[1]

Rea initially wanted to direct his own screenplay but Warner Vision, the film's distributors, did not let him and appointed John B Hobbs, a retired television director.[1] The studio executives kept trying to turn his simple tale of childhood fantasy into something else, with which he felt disappointed.[1] Rea commented that "there was a lot of hard work in making La Passione, and a lot of grief, because I had very set ideas about how I wanted it to be, and everyone else had a different idea ... I wanted none of it. My thing was about how fantasies occur, about passions, enjoying them".[1]


On the film soundtrack Shirley Bassey provides vocals on two tracks. The soundtrack was redone in recent years,[3] and will be possibly re-released in 2015.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chris Rea.

  1. "La Passione" (Film Theme) - 4:55
  2. "Dov'è II Signore?" - 6:04 (Vocals Toby Draper) Recorded at The Mill Studios Cookham 23/11/93
  3. "Shirley Do You Own a Ferrari?" (Vocals Chris Rea/Shirley Bassey) - 4:43
  4. "Girl in a Sports Car" - 5:16
  5. "When the Grey Skies Turn to Blue" - 3:43
  6. "Horses" - 3:05
  7. "Olive Oil" - 4:26
  8. "Only to Fly" - 5:42
  9. "You Must Follow" - 5:29
  10. "'Disco' La Passione" (Vocals: Shirley Bassey) - 4:57
  11. "Dov'è II Signore? Pt. 2" - 2:31(Vocals Toby Draper)
  12. "Le Mans" - 3:59


  1. ^ a b c d e f g John Walsh (3 May 1997). "The reluctant rocker". The Independent. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "La rockstar Chris Rea fa un film sulla Ferrari" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 21 April 1996. p. 28. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Graham Young (5 November 2014). "Chris Rea says Birmingham NIA gig will be a 'holiday' from fighting pancreatic cancer". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "New CD/DVD/Book package in February 2015?". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

La passione at the Internet Movie Database