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Film review: Ennio | The week Great Britain

This documentary about composer Ennio Morricone is “exhaustive and quite exhausting,” said Ed Potton in The times. Morricone, who died in 2020 at the age of 91, wrote more than 400 film scores and “it feels like each one is covered in detail in two and a half hours”.

As for director Giuseppe Tornatore (who worked with Morricone cinema paradise) brings us “thoroughness” above all else: with commentary from talking heads – including Clint Eastwood and Bruce Springsteen – and an interview with the composer himself, Tornatore steadily munches through Morricone’s career and analyzes his scores, which range from A handful of dollars to The mission. “By the standards of art documentaries, this does a good job of explaining why its subject matter is revered,” but the film’s focus can miss the mark: it dwells “on work that will strike many non-Italians obscure” as it skims over the extraordinary music , for which he produced The good the bad and the ugly.

I thought it was “amazingly entertaining,” Leslie Felperin said in The guard. The documentary amounts to a “huge cinematic mosaic” that weaves “acres of archival footage” with interviews and clips from classic Morricone films.

He’s certainly had an interesting career, Tara Brady said in The Irish Time, but I wish this “bulky” portrait had delved a little deeper into his private life. We get little inkling of Morricone’s home life, or of Maria, his wife of 40 years, who was his “constant sounding board and occasional lyricist.” But luckily for Tornatore, Morricone himself has such a “warm emotional presence in front of the camera” that the film just barely escapes its shortcomings.

https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/film/956579/film-review-ennio Film review: Ennio | The week Great Britain

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