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Ennio Morricone

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Film and music come together for CB. Ennio was one of the best.

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57 comments on “Ennio Morricone

  1. Jim S.
    July 7, 2020

    This floated by today before I heard the news and I thought, uh-oh, that can’t be good news.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/10-best-ennio-morricone-soundtracks-1024434/

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2020

      A lot of people didnt realize just how many films he scored. I grew up (got big) hearing his music.

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  2. christiansmusicmusings
    July 7, 2020

    A truly classic film theme. This has got to be one of Clint Eastwood’s coolest roles!

    One of Morricone’s other scores I recall is for “The Professional,” a French action movie starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of the really popular French actors in Germany during the ’70s and ’80s. The score became quite popular, especially the main theme, which I recall was even played on German mainstream radio at the time!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2020

      Very good on ‘The Professional’ Christian.. Time for a rewatch. I have Ennios music all over my record stack.
      I seen you over on Hanspostcard’s site. Interested on what the other folks come up with.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        July 7, 2020

        Here’s another good one, I think – not really a movie expert: The Sicilian Clan starring Jean Gabon, Alain Delon and Lino Ventura. I remember watching many movies with these actors. They were all great!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 7, 2020

        I found a CD I’ve been looking for for ages. John Zorns ‘The Big Gun Down’. Zorns working of Ennio’s work. I know you are warming up to the instrumentals. This is an interesting recording.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 7, 2020

        Yeah, I’m working my way through those films and trying to find as many as I can.

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  3. Jim S.
    July 7, 2020

    One of the commenters on the RS site mentioned “The Professional” too in that shocked “How could they leave it out?” tone. Don’t know it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2020

      If you googled his work it would bow you away.

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      • Jim S.
        July 7, 2020

        I did. Holy cow! Pyscho. Chitty-chitty bang bang. Easy Rider. That guy was all over the place!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 7, 2020

        He was like Doc and CB. Everywhere.
        Hanspostcard got me at a weak moment and has me in an album draft. If interested check out his site. I got to go first yesterday with the first pick. If you can guess what it was I’ll send you ten bucks.

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  4. badfinger20 (Max)
    July 7, 2020

    I didn’t know he did The Hateful Eight and Once Upon a Time in the West.
    He could have just done the Leone trilogy and have been a legend.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2020

      I’m still discovering his work on films I’m watching.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 7, 2020

        As much as I love music…at times I took scores for granted…a few years ago I started to realize…wow…that piece of music accented what was happening more than the action did.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 7, 2020

        Yeah music cant swing both ways with a film. When it enhances like Ennio’s did it’s magic. Part of the film. A big part.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 7, 2020

        You are right it becomes part of it. One example…a very commercial example would be Star Wars…It’s not Star Wars without that music and the same with the Trilogy.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 7, 2020

        Right. Ennio has a pretty huge body of work. I’m still discovering it. Vinyl Daft Dad did a take on the soundtrack album. The day I read his take I watched a Brando film (Burn) that same day. Ennio scored it.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 7, 2020

        That is a pretty cool coincidence. I just found one I watched with Bailey that he did… Days of Heaven

        How was Burn by the way? I’ve read where his movies in the late sixties up until the Godfather were hit and miss…and then he did Last Tango …I haven’t seen that one yet either.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 7, 2020

        Cool that you Bailey share your love of film. I’m lucky with my brood that way also.
        I’m a big Brando guy before The Godfather and after.
        I liked ‘Burn’. Uneven but worth the time. I’ve watched it a couple times. Off the radar. Marlon does some nice truthful work. How”a flawed gem” sound. Liked the story.
        I liked a lot of his 60’s work. I think I’ve done a few takes on them. ‘One Eyed Jacks’, ‘The Chase’, ‘Mutiny’. Yeah there’s a few that I’m sure others liked more than CB. I also liked ‘Tango’. He pretty well uncensored himself.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 7, 2020

        Flawed Gem sounds good. I’m not the biggest critic of movies. It has to be pretty bad before I just say nope…won’t recommend it. I always try to find something I like…some I find more than others.

        I loved The Wild One and Streetcar…, Apocalypse Now, and of course The Godfather. The one on my list is On the Waterfront.

        Oh we are lining up Bad Lieutenant for tonight…if nothing comes up we are watching it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2020

        ‘Burn’ is worth a watch knowing you and Bailey’s (some good cinematography. Raw)) mindset.
        I also did ‘Waterfront. Great film. One of his best performances.
        BL is a trip (bad trip). Interested in the reaction. Good luck!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2020

        PS CB is no critic either. He just knows what he likes.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 8, 2020

        You just said what it took me a paragraph to say…that is me.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2020

        But it was a good paragraph.

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  5. hotfox63
    July 7, 2020

    The great man of the film music. The major third down, the minor third up and back to the root note.

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  6. Yeah, Another Blogger
    July 7, 2020

    I read that he would compose at his desk, not at a piano. He heard the music in his head and wrote it down on music-notation paper.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2020

      That makes sense to me Neil. The creative process always fascinates. His music is embedded in my head. When I was catching all those early films I had no idea who he was and how much his work helped create the atmosphere of the films. You must know the John Zorn ‘Big Gundown’ album? Right up your alley I would think.

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  7. Tony
    July 7, 2020

    Man… there’s nothing comparable to an Ennio Morricone score. Those Dolllar Trilogy themes are the top of their game but his stuff from Once Upon A Time In America (like Cockeye’s Song or Deborah’s Theme) and The Mission still move me like little else to this day

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  8. Phil Strawn
    July 7, 2020

    A sparse, haunting soundtrack. The jangling electric guitar, the recorder flute, and the chorus of deep male voices urging the characters on. One hell of a score, not to mention a new type of western.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2020

      I’ve been listening to his music since yesterday. Have a listen to ‘Two Mules” Phil. It is very good.

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  9. 1dancequeendq
    July 7, 2020

    I always liked the music in the film even if I didn’t appreciate the movie at the time.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2020

      So many other films he scored Queen. I’m sure you can navigate and find some other good Ennio music.
      (I was just gong to do my weekly tune in. If not now tomorrow).

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  10. dcw0731
    July 8, 2020

    A timeless classic that never gets old. Shame that there was no Oscar awarded for Morriconi on this one

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  11. 1537
    July 8, 2020

    Real genius, so many composers owe him so much too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 8, 2020

      Yup. I’m not even a composer and i feel i owe him something.

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      • 1537
        July 8, 2020

        I think there are so many average film composers out there who just make background noise Morricone made music that absolutely lifted the whole experience at best.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2020

        Yup. He got it. I dont know his process but I guess he saw or really got the images and vibe and really felt it. Background noise he wasnt.

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  12. BuriedOnMars
    July 19, 2020

    Yeah, all of the scores he did for the Dollars films are fantastic. I’m most partial to The Untouchables theme though. Probably since I grew up on that one.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 19, 2020

      It’s amazing on how prolific he was. Just watched ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ last week because of his passing.

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      • BuriedOnMars
        July 19, 2020

        I need to watch that one again too. The last time was on a double VHS I borrowed from a friend.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 19, 2020

        You’re on a CB fest. Thanks for the input.

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      • BuriedOnMars
        July 19, 2020

        I keep meaning to not make my visits so infrequent but this pandemic has completely messed up my schedule. Your blog is not the only one I’m behind on.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 20, 2020

        No problem. Always good to hear from ya.

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  13. Edmundo Barraza
    July 28, 2020

    Reblogged this on Accomplished Ignorant.

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  14. luisa zambrotta
    July 29, 2020

    A great musician!

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