Ennio Morricone – 100 Di Questi Giorni

Although I was devastated to learn that the Italian soundtrack maestro had to cancel last month’s appearance at the Hollywood Bowl (what would have been his first), the man has given us plenty to savor without his physical presence. What a cinematic music legacy. He’s in my Pantheon of film composers, next to John Barry, Bernard Hermann, Akira Ifukube, John Williams, Nino Rota, Jerry Goldsmith and Phillip Glass.

In honor of his 81st birthday, what better way to celebrate his eclectic output than this archetypal groovy Morricone theme to Mario Bava’s DANGER: DIABOLIK (1967), one of the great comic-book pop-art movies of the decade, starring my pal, John Phillip Law. I was once talking to John about the film and told him in awe, “You’re one of the few people on the planet who Ennio Morricone wrote a theme song for.” John just laughed in his booming Diabolik voice…Salud Maestro!

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22 Responses to “Ennio Morricone – 100 Di Questi Giorni”

  1. WHAT IS UP CHRISTIAN?

    YEP YEP YEP. Looks like this will be a cool blog to post on!

  2. Oh Hell.

  3. TAYLOR SWIFT = SO HOT.

    BEYOND HOTNESS. WANT HER. CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT HER SINCE THIS PAST WEEKEND’S SNL.

    BOW TO HER. BOW TO THE SWIFT.

  4. Lex, behave. You know film. Stick to it.

  5. SWIFT POWER.

    You got me banned at that place, congrats.

    So I’m shopping for new places to hang! YEP YEP.

  6. For the record, my favorite Morricone is the EXORCIST II crazy-ass end credits song (also used in the trailers.)

    I used to worship the OUATIA soundtrack but… PAN FLUTE and Celine Dion kind of kill it for me now.

    Casualties of War is a good one too… Not such a fan of his accordion/timpani sound from the 90s (Wolf, Line o Fire…)

  7. Lex, I in no way got you banned. I defended you from banning if you recall. You got yourself banned by David Poland. BE A GOD AND ACCEPT.

    Yes, the EXORCIT II song is Morricone at his bug-fuck crazy. It shoulda been an Argento theme.

    I just pretend Dion and whatshisface version doesn’t exist in this dojo. Because of my 60/70’s bent, I’m not as enamored of his 80’s/90’s scores, except for THE THING.

  8. As a fellow reader of the Hot Blog I have to say the opening comment here & your response was pretty funny.

    Also, has there ever been a bigger director more daring to fail (& succeeded) than John Boorman? For god’s sake he directed “Zardoz” & “Exorcist II” AND “Point Blank”, The Emerald Forest”, “Excalibur” and, of course, “Deliverance”. Balls, Marlowe, balls!

  9. I have to add I find “Zardoz”intriguing, but “Exorcist II” is completely off the reservation. Boorman wrote both of those too didn’t he?

  10. And throw in HOPE AND GLORY to confound his biggest fans or detractors. ZARDOZ is still so ginormously crazy I can’t believe it actually exists. I wish I could have been on the set. I think there’s much to be said for a certain narrative restraining his excesses, wonderful though they be. Look at the ominous naturalism he brought to DELIVERANCE and POINT BLANK, both very American stories. That’s why I favor EXCALIBUR over all because it was the story he was born to film.

  11. My older brother worked in a multi-plex when “Zardoz” was released. As a promotion they made a giant paper mache version of the floating “Zardoz” head. After the film had it’s run he brought home & propped it up in his bedroom. Zardoz has spoken!

  12. THE GUN IS GOOD!

    The flying head RULES EVERYTHING, EVER.

  13. Also, ARTHUR FRAIN rules and it was sporting of Clive Owen to base his ELIZABETH II facial hair and wardrobe on him.

  14. Re: the head. Sadly, no, it is probably buried deep in a south Florida landfill awaiting its resurrection.

  15. And that day is fast approaching. ZAR-DOZ….

  16. And I watched the Blu-Ray of THE THING last nigh to celebrate Morricone’s b-day and for the first time noticed the Carpenter-esque score in the opening is the only time Morricone uses the synth until the ending moments. Otherwise it’s a pretty orchestral score. His tribute to Carpenter’s sound?

  17. Was there any version of EXORCIST II that actually included that one immensely crazy theme from the trailer? It’s on the album too. If not, why hasn’t Tarantino gotten around to using it in something yet?

    • I had it for years on a collection of themes, but it must be on one of the version as Lex pointed out. I’d like to see a full bore disc with Boorman’s original cut that sent audiences laughing into the night then the WB scrambled cut after the first screenings. Then wait for some autuerists to call it a “masterpiece.” Which it might be.

  18. It plays over the end credits of one of the two versions… might’ve been the 110 min. version that would show up on HBO years back.

  19. I’m fairly sure that the DVD version is the original cut…I think. If you can ever find it there’s a Film Comment article from the time (written by Todd McCarthy) which goes into great detail about everything that was going on with the film’s release at the time, it’s pretty fascinating. When I wrote a piece about the film on my site Joe Dante left a comment saying he remembered waiting on line to see it on opening day at the Pacific Theater and how those exiting were yelling at people not to go in.

  20. The DVD is the one that opened to a disastrous opening week, but it doesn’t contain the varying versions such as Boorman’s re-edited version or the European cut. Would be nice to have the whole package altho nothing is going to make it less preposterous.

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