Scores by Ennio Morricone

Scores by Ennio Morricone

25 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, DAYS OF HEAVEN), spaghetti-western classics (THE BIG GUNDOWN; DUCK, YOU SUCKER), stylish giallo slashers (A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY, 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 Interview

    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...

  • The Big Gundown

    Episode 4

    Directed by Sergio Sollima • 1966 • Italy, Spain
    Starring Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes

    Texas lawman Jonathan Corbett (the inimitable Lee Van Cleef), also known as “Mr. Ugly,” takes on the job of tracking down Cuchillo (Tomas Milian), a Mexican outlaw accused of raping and murdering...

  • The Battle of Algiers

    Episode 5

    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...

  • Death Rides a Horse

    Episode 6

    Directed by Giulio Petroni • 1967 • Italy
    Starring Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Luigi Pistilli

    Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law team up in this spaghetti-western classic, a key influence on Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL. Fifteen years after a gang of bandits murdered his entire family, Bil...

  • The Mercenary

    Episode 7

    Directed by Sergio Corbucci • 1968 • Italy
    Starring Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Jack Palance

    Spaghetti-western master Sergio Corbucci makes a bold, leftist political statement with this thrilling tale of revolution set in Mexico. The director’s frequent collaborator Franco Nero stars as Sergei Ko...

  • Teorema

    Episode 8

    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 ...

  • A Quiet Place in the Country

    Episode 9

    Directed by Elio Petri • 1968 • Italy
    Starring Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Georges Géret

    In need of an escape from the city, a successful but troubled artist (Franco Nero) decides to relocate to a villa in the Italian countryside with his girlfriend (Vanessa Redgrave). Far from the peaceful s...

  • Burn!

    Episode 10

    Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo • 1969 • Italy
    Starring Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez, Renato Salvatori

    Gillo Pontecorvo's follow-up to his revolutionary bombshell THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS is a similarly explosive, politically subversive epic starring Marlon Brando as William Walker, a nineteenth-ce...

  • Machine Gun McCain

    Episode 11

    Directed by Giuliano Montaldo • 1969 • Italy
    Starring John Cassavetes, Britt Ekland, Peter Falk

    After serving twelve years behind bars for armed robbery, tough guy Hank McCain (John Cassavetes) finds himself the pawn of a ruthless mob runt’s rebellion against a high-level don. When McCain discov...

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    Episode 12

    Directed by Dario Argento • 1970 • Italy
    Starring Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi

    In his stunning first film as writer-director, Dario Argento singlehandedly created the giallo genre and instantly emerged as the filmmaker critics worldwide hailed as the “Italian Hitchcock.” Tony Musante an...

  • Companeros

    Episode 13

    Directed by Sergio Corbucci • 1970 • Italy
    Starring Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Jack Palance

    Yodlaf Peterson (Franco Nero) is a suave Swedish arms dealer with a love for fast money. Vasco (Tomas Milian) is a trigger-happy bandit with a hatred of suave Swedish arms dealers. But when the two men te...

  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    Episode 14

    Directed by Elio Petri • 1970 • Italy
    Starring Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio

    The provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s most internationally acclaimed work is this remarkable, visceral, Oscar-winning thriller. Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and rea...

  • Duck, You Sucker

    Episode 15

    Directed by Sergio Leone • 1971 • Italy, Spain
    Starring Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli

    The final western directed by Sergio Leone brings together Rod Steiger and James Coburn as, respectively, Juan Miranda, an amoral bandit, and John Mallory, an ex-IRA explosives expert, who unwittingly...

  • The Automobile

    Episode 16

    Directed by Alfredo Giannetti • 1971 • Italy
    Starring Anna Magnani, Vittorio Caprioli, Christian Hay

    The third installment in a trilogy directed by the Oscar-winning writer of DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE and starring cinematic icon Anna Magnani about the experiences of Italian women across twentient-c...

  • Arabian Nights

    Episode 17

    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini • 1974 • Italy
    Starring Ninetto Davoli, Ines Pellegrini, Franco Citti

    Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, Nepal, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary “The Thousand and One Nights.” This ...

  • The Human Factor

    Episode 18

    Directed by Edward Dmytryk • 1975 • United Kingdom, Italy
    Starring George Kennedy, John Mills, Raf Vallone

    The final film helmed by formerly blacklisted director Edward Dmytryk is a gritty revenge thriller that presciently mines anxieties surrounding technology and terrorism. An imposingly physi...

  • Night Train Murders

    Episode 19

    Directed by Aldo Lado • 1975 • Italy
    Starring Flavio Bucci, Macha Méril, Gianfranco De Grassi

    One of the most graphically fiendish films in exploitation history, this controversial shocker follows two teenage girls traveling through Europe by train on Christmas Eve whose journey goes off the rai...

  • Hitch-Hike

    Episode 20

    Directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile • 1977 • Italy
    Starring Franco Nero, Corinne Cléry, David Hess

    While on a cross-country drive, a bitter writer (Franco Nero) and his wife (Corinne Cléry) pick up a stranded motorist (David Hess of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT infamy). But when this hitcher turn...

  • Days of Heaven

    Episode 21

    Directed by Terrence Malick • 1978 • United States
    Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard

    One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philosopher Terrence Malick has created some of the most visually arresting films of the twentieth century, and his glorious period tragedy DAYS OF HEAVEN, featuring Oscar-...

  • The Professional

    Episode 22

    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 ...

  • The Mission

    Episode 23

    Directed by Roland Joffé • 1986 • United Kingdom, France
    Starring Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally

    This visually resplendent Academy Award winner for best cinematography is a powerful epic about a man of the sword and a man of the cloth who unite to shield a South American Guaraní comm...

  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    Episode 24

    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...