Courted by great directors to score their films, Ennio Morricone contributed to a remarkable selection of classics.
Leone’s classic western introduced the world to Clint Eastwood’s ‘man with no name’.
Sergio Leone’s follow-up to A Fistful of Dollars concerns bounty hunters, a heist and cold revenge.
One of the greatest westerns – and film soundtracks – ever made.
A dazzling depiction of events in Algiers during the French occupation in the 1950s.
An epic western and Leone’s masterpiece.
One of many collaborations between Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel, set in post-Civil War Mexico.
Pasolini’s powerful – and shocking – final film is an examination of post-war fascism.
Malick’s visually beautiful account of life in the Texan wheat fields during WW1.
‘I come from a background of experimental music, which mingled real sounds together with musical sounds’
Working in a variety of genres, he created scores that vividly evoked characters and environments. His musical instinct and his fondness for introducing different sounds and instruments into his repertoire saw him courted by auteurs like Pasolini, Zeffirelli, Polanski, Leone, Malick and De Palma. His range was huge, from the indigenous drumming and the oboe melody in The Mission to the cracking whips, gunshots and even an ocarina in Leone’s ‘Dollars trilogy’. Unusually, he often composed his music to the script rather than to filmed footage, which resulted in some directors allowing the score to shape the shoot. His death in July this year, only four years after winning his first competitive Oscar® for The Hateful Eight, leaves us with over 400 films and TV shows touched by the hands of a true virtuoso.
Justin Johnson, season programmer
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