Ennio Morricone – 100 Di Questi Giorni
What is there left to say about composer Ennio Morricone that hasn’t been said yet? At age 82 he is still twirling his baton, still casting melodic spells of cine-magic over generations. It’s impossible to count his output, especially in his most hip fertile period of 1966-1972, going from spy spoofs to sex comedies to epic westerns to giallo horror. Of course, Sergio Leone provided Morricone with one of his greatest film legacies, and Quentin Tarantino carried the maestro’s soundtrack torch into his own movie mash-ups. To celebrate, here’s my favorite scene from either volume of KILL BILL, where Tarantino takes an already powerful piece from the western, IL MERCENARIO (1968) and gives it a whole new life. As a youtube comment expressed about the above clip, the scene and music represent, “The indomitable human spirit.” And as we try to punch our way out of our own individual symbolic coffins, we should light a candle for Ennio Morricone, for providing the apropos inspiring soundtrack.