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Composer unhappy with Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'


Revered Italian composer Ennio Morricone has vowed never to work with Quentin Tarantino again, because he didn't like the way his music was used in "Django Unchained."

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The 84-year-old maestro has worked with the filmmaker on four projects, but has slammed Tarantino for using music "without coherence."

The man behind classic Spaghetti Western film themes including "The Good The Bad and the Ugly" and "A Fistful of Dollars" gave Tarantino permission to use his "Ancora Qui" in "Django Unchained," alongside three instrumental pieces. The two film icons also worked together on "Inglourious Basterds" and the two "Kill Bill" films.

But, speaking to students at Rome's LUISS University earlier this week, Morricone said, "I wouldn't like to work with him again on anything. He said last year he wanted to work with me again ever since "Inglourious Basterds," but I told him I couldn't, because he didn't give me enough time. So he just used a song I had written previously."

Explaining the reason behind his Tarantino boycott, the composer added, "He places music in his films without coherence... and you can't do anything with someone like that."

And Morricone admits he wasn't a fan of "Django Unchained": "I didn't care for it, too much blood."

Mar 17, 2013 8:14AM
Honestly, Tarrantino has a certain style that we all come to expect. Django may not have been the best movie of all time, but it was entertaining. He has a knack for having a kickass cast. As a professional musician, i can understand why a composer would be upset by the use of their music. This issue though.. Sure, the maestro has been paid for four of Tarrantino's movies. The guy is a legend! Last time i checked this is the entertainment industry. The fact is there are probably a lot of young/equally good composers willing to do the work. This is entertainment, mission accomplished. You can't make everyone happy all the time. I just use a little expectation management. I'm not getting paid a lot of money to have my music chopped up either. I'm surprised i cared this much to write a post about it. Cheers!
Mar 16, 2013 7:50PM

Obviously, the 84 year old Maestro needs to retire.  Tarantino is a true artist, some may like his films some may not.  It's his money and he can spend it, burn it, or give it away.  Perhaps his next film will involve North Korea and an idiot spy named Dennis Rodman.. Money to be made with that!

Mar 16, 2013 9:37PM
Tarrantino's greatest flaw is that he has gone over the fine line between bold and confidant to obnoxious and arrogant. Fully recoverable, of the moment. I would like to see him be a story teller again and not so much of the strident auteur. But as for the music he can do a kickass job with that, just take another listen to the Kill Bills.
Mar 16, 2013 7:54PM
Hates how Tarrantino uses music in films.... works with Tarrantino once....twice....three times....oh, and a four.  Yeah....  very convincing argument my man.  Do tell us more.  (Not that it matters)  

Tarrantino rocks!  
Mar 17, 2013 6:43AM
Just as being repeatedly over the top loud and obnoxious or always snide and apathetic eventually wears thin in comedy, having narratives and film sequences that have a habitual disjointed feeling also gets old and reaches a point where the technique is no longer innovative but "Can you just tell a story please" instead. Considering the grittiness of films like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly the music maestro may be splitting hairs with the too much blood reference to Django but he does have a point about a need for cohesion in story telling in a film and sometimes Tarantino is relying more on jarring an audience with chaos than telling a story.
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