Composed, conducted and orchestrated by Ennio Morricone
One does not get an overview of a lifetime and more than 300 works in the film industry in less than one hour, but at the same time one does not need plenty
to show us the gift of a genius. This BBC short documentary on the magnifico Italian composer Ennio Morricone is a manageable work that serves its purpose to enlighten audiences
about the importance of music on films, how Morricone's geniality and of those around him were highly significant to the art of cinema, and how everything he did
affected not just viewers but also marked his career.
Here, the film composer briefly presented his early beginnings as an arranger then moving to film scores
from Sergio Leone's spaghetti western then Hollywood stardom, which brought him to a wide world audience and fans. Along with some of his collaborators (Brian
De Palma, John Boorman, producers David Puttnam and Fernando Ghia, and others), Mr. Morricone talks about some of his most successful scores, revealing insights
about them, and selecting some of his favorites and/or the ones that were a turning point on his career - such as "The Mission" (1986), always a favorite of mine
but I'd never imagine that that brilliant masterpiece was the one responsible for his major acceptance in Hollywood. He got a Golden Globe, a Bafta for it but the
Oscar escaped his hands that year (we can all agree he was robbed; and we can never forget that his quintessential score from "Once Upon a Time in America" failed
to secure a nomination simply because the producers' campaign papers for Academy consideration weren't sent on time).
To Morricone fans this film is just a summary, just a little taste to get one or two things they may haven't heard or seen before. Those who know little or almost
nothing about the man and his legacy to cinema history it's a nice invitation, easy to follow and very precise in everything it has to show. His compositions, his
majestous and intelligent use of music on countless film and from many different genres are all there to be heard, seen and known. He had the right emotions for
each particular scene, at times composing the score before the film was actually made and it was to the director to find the better ways to use the score with precision (the chills and melancholy from "Days of Heaven"; the suspense during climatic western sequences; or the reminesce of times and memories in "Once Upon a Time in America", it's impossible to feel indifferent).
His ability to generate feelings, sensations and emotions inside viewers is something that few composers have with them. A brilliant career and a fascinating mind. 9/10
P.S.: Addio Maestro, thanks for the contributions you gave to the world. It's impossible to imagine movies without your presence, quality works and musical poetry.
Shoutout to the soundtrack of "Frantic", one of Ennio's most underrated, not mentioned and neither had it's poster presented.
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