Things We Saw Today: Hollywood Remembers Iconic Composer Ennio Morricone
Rest in Peace.
Ennio Morricone is one of those composers so influential in Hollywood that even if you don’t know his name, you know his music. In a career that spanned over 60 years and over 500 films, Morricone shaped the sound of cinema for generations. The legendary composer passed away today in Rome at the age of 91, following complications from a fall, and Hollywood is mourning his loss.
Morricone’s epic career began in his native Italy, and he first rose to prominence in Hollywood for his work with his countryman Sergio Leone on iconic spaghetti westerns, including A Fistful of Dollars (1964), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), and Once Upon a Time in the West, but his work continued in the decades since, with hundreds of scores and a lifetime achievement Oscar presented to him in 2007. Despite many nominations, Morricone won his only competitive Oscar in 2016 for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.
The composers, musicians, and other cinematic heavyweights he influenced are mourning his loss on social media.
I’ll never forget the way Ennio Morricone described music as “energy, space, and time.” It is, perhaps, the most concise and accurate description I’ve ever heard. We’ll truly miss him. This is the Love Theme from “Cinema Paradiso.” #EnnioMorricone pic.twitter.com/kpbkodhHrh
— Yo-Yo Ma (@YoYo_Ma) July 6, 2020
One of my favorite’s from a lesser appreciated work:https://t.co/MxzOqRRnXM
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) July 6, 2020
I will have more to say about this at another time. I’m still processing my intense sadness for his loss and gratitude for his life. Thank you, Maestro, for changing the sound of cinema forever, and for inspiring me on a daily basis. https://t.co/BU7R3WWywU
— Bear McCreary 🐻🎶 (@bearmccreary) July 6, 2020
— Christopher Lennertz (@CLennertz) July 6, 2020
Very sad to wake to this news. He was simply one of the most original, creative and iconic composers to ever work in film. His contributions to the art are monumental and he has left the world a better place for it. https://t.co/CXVJCfqWGL
— Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) July 6, 2020
Here are the other things we saw today:
- Is anyone watching Quibi? Doesn’t sound like it, and this piece examines why. (via Vulture)
- You had me at Hong Kong lesbian pop star, but she’s a political activist, too? Yes please! (via Huff Post)
- Want more astrology or tarot in you life? Check out this resource list of Black tarot readers and astrologers! (via Patheos)
- These just get better and better.
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— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) July 6, 2020
- There is a “magnetic soul” to the universe, and it’s pretty amazing. (via Wired)
- Atlanta’s DragonCon has been canceled but will offer a free online alternative. (via DragonCon)
- We’re so excited for Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Old Guard. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
- And, in case you thought you were done crying over Hamilton, here’s why representation matters:
Little Jenna here is exactly why #representationmatters . I am so grateful for this show, that so many young people can watch this show and say “It’s me” . Thank you @britbrit1432 for sharing this video ❤️💕❤️💕 @HamiltonMusical #hamilfilm pic.twitter.com/iDbb4orVIs
— Phillipa Soo (@Phillipasoo) July 6, 2020
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