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Ennio Morricone (1995)

A documentary exploring the life and work of the great Italian composer.


David Thompson


John Kaylin (screenplay adaptation)




Credited cast:
John Boorman ... Self
Robert De Niro ... Self (archive footage)
Brian De Palma ... Self
Clint Eastwood ... Self (archive footage)
Christopher Frayling Christopher Frayling ... Self
Fernando Ghia Fernando Ghia ... Self
Jeremy Irons ... Self (archive footage)
Klaus Kinski ... Self (archive footage)
Sergio Leone ... Self (archive footage)
Noah Moazezi ... Dominic (archive footage)
Andrea Morricone ... Self
Ennio Morricone ... Self
Gillo Pontecorvo ... Self
David Puttnam ... Self
Scott Tiler Scott Tiler ... Young Noodles (archive footage)


A documentary exploring the life and work of the great Italian composer.

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Composed, conducted and orchestrated by Ennio Morricone
6 July 2020 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

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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Ennio Morricone: A Man and His Music See more »

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