Sunday, May 26, 2024

RIP Ennio Morricone, Italian Film Composer, Oscar Winner for Tarantino Movie, 91, Wrote “The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly”


The legendary Italian film composer, Ennio Morricone, has died Italy age 91. The cause of death was the result of a fall.

Morricone was nominated six times for Oscars — for “Days of Heaven,” “The Mission,” “The Untouchables,” “Bugsy,” “Malena” and “The Hateful Eight.” He won for the last film, directed by one of his biggest fans, Quentin Tarantino.

But Morricone was best known for composing the scores to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West” and “CInema Paradiso.” He wrote scores for scores of movies– 500 — and was given a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2006.

This morning Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: “We will always remember, with infinite gratitude, the artistic genius of the Maestro #EnnioMorricone. It made us dream, feel excited, reflect, writing memorable notes that will remain indelible in the history of music and cinema.”

In 2016, at age 87, Morricone released a final US album called “Morricone 60” celebrating his six decades in film.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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