The legendary Italian composer discusses his formidable career with the wild, visionary director.
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Ennio Morricone is an incontestable legend. One of the most influential film composers of all time, he is revered throughout the film and music industries and has not only helped shape and define the "sound" of films, but has also elevated the role of music from that of an additional companion that merely serves to complement a story and its visuals to that of an essential narrative element in and of itself that has an absolutely integral role. So defining are his compositions, in fact, that it's almost impossible to image the films he has scored with any other soundtrack. From countless Spaghetti Westerns, to staples like "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" and "Once upon a Time in the West," to recent collaborations with Brian De Palma, Warren Beatty, and Giuseppe Tornatore, the maestro's legacy is impressive to say the very least.
Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science as part of an ongoing series at LACMA. In a rare Los Angeles appearance, legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone discusses his far-ranging career in a dialogue with writer/director Quentin Tarantino. With over 500 credits and various accolades including an Honorary Award from the Academy, the prolific and versatile Morricone has written music for films ranging from Sergio Leone classics such as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and Once upon a Time in the West, revolutionary auteur Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema and The Decameron, and cult classics from Mario Bava (Danger: Diabolik) and Elio Petri (Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion), not to mention countless Spaghetti Westerns and recent collaborations with Brian De Palma, Warren Beatty, and Giuseppe Tornatore.
Two-time Academy Award® winner Tarantino has directed films that have redefined the American cinematic landscape, beginning with the one-two punch of Reservoir Dogs and the Palme d’Or–winning Pulp Fiction. Beginning with 2003’s Kill Bill: Volume 1 and continuing with subsequent films Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, Tarantino has masterfully employed the music of Morricone, introducing the maestro’s epic scores to new audiences.
On Thursday, March 20, Morricone marks his first Los Angeles performance when he conducts a 200-member orchestra and choir performing a selection of his works at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, followed on Sunday, March 23, by a concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.