Scores by Ennio Morricone

Scores by Ennio Morricone

12 Episodes

With more than four hundred scores for cinema and television to his credit, Italian maestro Ennio Morricone (1928–2020) left behind a monumental legacy as one of the greatest and most prolific film composers in history, instantly enhancing whatever project he touched. His sublime melodies and adventurous sonic palette—which made memorable use of whip cracks and whistles, gunshots and harmonicas, church bells and animal noises—lent grandeur to art-house masterworks (THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS), stylish giallo slashers (THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE), and exploitation fare (NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, HITCH-HIKE) alike. Bringing together some of the composer’s most celebrated scores alongside lesser-known rarities, this Morricone sampler is as much a treat for the ears as it is for the eyes.

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Scores by Ennio Morricone
  • Morricone on Morricone

    Episode 1

    In this short introduction, the great Ennio Morricone, who scored over five-hundred films during his extraordinary career, discusses the role of the composer, how he came to work with Gillo Pontecorvo on THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, and the creation of the signature sounds for Pier Paolo Pasolini’s TRI...

  • Ennio Morricone, 1980

    Episode 2

    In this 1980 interview, conducted by Joaquín Soler Serrano for the Spanish television program “A fondo,” composer Ennio Morricone discuses his career in scoring films.

  • Fists in the Pocket

    Episode 3

    Directed by Marco Bellocchio • 1965 • Italy
    Starring Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé

    Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions, in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. With its coo...

  • A Pistol for Ringo

    Episode 4

    Directed by Duccio Tessari • 1965 • Italy
    Starring Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Lorella De Luca

    This smash hit spaghetti western introduced one of the genre’s most enduring heroes: a clean-cut, milk-sipping sharp shooter who was markedly different from Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name. Giul...

  • The Return of Ringo

    Episode 5

    Directed by Duccio Tessari • 1965 • Italy
    Starring Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho, Lorella De Luca

    Giuliano Gemma reprises his role as the sharpshooting mercenary of the title in this follow-up to the hugely popular A PISTOL FOR RINGO. Taking inspiration from the story of Homer’s “Odyssey,” THE...

  • The Battle of Algiers

    Episode 6

    Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo • 1966 • Algeria, Italy
    Starring Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef

    One of the most influential political films in history, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the o...

  • Teorema

    Episode 7

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1968 • Italy
    Starring Terence Stamp, Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti

    One of the iconoclastic Pier Paolo Pasolini’s most radical provocations finds the auteur moving beyond the poetic, proletarian earthiness that first won him renown and notoriety with a coolly ...

  • The Cat o’ Nine Tails

    Episode 8

    Directed by Dario Argento • 1971 • Italy
    Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak

    When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute’s scientists shortly before the robb...

  • What Have You Done to Solange?

    Episode 9

    Directed by Massimo Dallamano • 1972 • Italy
    Starring Fabio Testi, Karin Baal, Joachim Fuchsberger

    A sadistic killer is preying upon the girls of St. Mary’s school. Student Elizabeth (Cristina Galbó) witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do ...

  • Property Is No Longer a Theft

    Episode 10

    Directed by Elio Petri • 1973 • Italy
    Starring Ugo Tognazzi, Flavio Bucci, Daria Nicolodi

    A young bank clerk (Flavio Bucci), denied a loan by his employer, decides to exact his revenge on the local butcher (Ugo Tognazzi), who is not only a nasty, violent, greedy piece of work but also one of the...

  • The Professional

    Episode 11

    Directed by Georges Lautner • 1981 • France
    Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly, Robert Hossein

    Jean-Paul Belmondo channels James Bond as Josselin Beaumont, a French secret-service agent who has been dispatched to the fictional African country of Malagawi with instructions to assassinate ...

  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    Episode 12

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 1990 • Spain
    Starring Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril

    Pedro Almodóvar’s colorful and controversial tribute to the pleasures and perils of Stockholm syndrome, TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! is a rambunctious dark comedy starring Antonio Banderas as an unbalanced but alluri...