Old Hollywood
Cinema
1900-1979

Nostalgia is a seductive liar - George Wildman Ball

Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy Of Gold (The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Vocals:  Edda Dell’Orso

“’How does a film-maker make sure his music is heard? Let me give you an example. If someone has not been invited to a party, but wants to go, what does he do?’ [Ennio] Morricone acts out some noisy Italian bonhomie: ‘Hello everybody, hello.’

He pauses.

'He doesn’t do this. He knocks at the door, asks for permission to come in, enters the house and then starts meeting people. The music in a film must enter politely, very slowly. The composer does not have to write music at the actual moment a character enters a room - it might be too much. So there is this slow, delicate entry, with a simple sound that allows the film-maker to lower the other, naturalistic sounds.

The human ear can distinguish no more than two sounds of different quality at the same time. Some very nice music doesn’t work because of that: if it is too strong, it can become an element that disturbs the film, rather than giving something to it. Yet in some cases the music must be very, very strong, when it is necessary to give a particular dynamic to the storytelling course of the film, rather than, say, a person’s feelings.”

-excerpted from Guardian Morricone profile, “Screen Saver” (via)

Ennio Morricone Algiers, November 1954 (The Battle of Algiers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 5

Ennio Morricone (composer) & Joan Baez (vocals/lyrics) - The Ballad of Sacco and VanzettiPt. 2  

From Sacco & Vanzetti: Original Soundtrack from the Film

Ennio Morricone - Theme From 'A Fistful Of Dollars' (A Fistful Of Dollars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ennio Morricone Chi l’ha vista morire?/Who Saw Her Die? (Chi l’ha vista morire?: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ennio Morricone - Main Theme (The Thing: Music From the Motion Picture)

Ennio Morricone - Pazzia da Lavoro (The Working Class Goes to Heaven: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ennio Morricone - The Trio (The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“For me the music is fundamental, especially in a Western where the dialogue is purely aphoristic. The films could just as well be silent; one would understand all the same. The music serves to emphasize states of mind, facts and situations more than the dialogue itself does. In short, for me the music functions as dialogue.”

-Sergio Leone (via)

Ennio Morricone - Il Gatto (Il Gatto: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ennio Morricone - Piume di Cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ennio Morricone - The Big Gundown (The Big Gundown/La Resa dei Conti: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ennio Morricone - Once Upon a Time in the West (Once Upon a Time in the West: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (vocals by Edda D’ell Orso)

Ennio Morricone - La Resa Dei Conti (For a Few Dollars More:Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ennio Morricone - For a Few Dollars More (For a Few Dollars More:Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)