Today’s song of the day comes from Ennio Morricone’s score for Sergio Leone’s 1971 film, Duck, You Sucker! Also known as A Fistful of Dynamite, this is probably Leone’s most underrated film and Morricone’s excellent score seems to be a bit underrated as well.
Though it may have been dismissed when originally released, many critics have recently discovered that the film actually holds up surprisingly well. So does Morricone’s score.
Continuing our tribute to Ennio Morricone, today’s song of the day is the main theme from 1965’s For A Few Dollars More. If Sergio Leone’s version of the old west was as a mythological landscape, Morricone’s music was always the perfect soundtrack.
Our tribute to Ennio Morricone will be coming to a close at the end of this week. We’ve shared a lot of unforgettable music from Morricone and hopefully, we’ve encouraged you to track down a few of the films that he scored. Obviously, there’s no way that we could do a tribute to Morricone without including the main theme from Sergio Leone’s first Spaghetti western, A Fistful of Dollars.
Though it may not be as well known as Morricone’s scores for The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West, it’s just as epic. The real old west may not have featured Morricone’s music playing in the background but it definitely should have.
Well, we’re starting in on the final week of our tribute to Ennio Morricone so today, I want to share one of his most important compositions.
The 1970 film, Investigation Of A Citizen About Suspicion, was a dark satire about police corruption and murder in Italy. It was not only critically acclaimed but it also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (That award is now known as Best International Film.) The success of this film showed that Morricone was more than just a composer of epic Western themes and it also introduced his music to a whole new group of filmgoers.
Here is Morricone’s Main Theme From Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion:
The 1975 film Autopsy is a great giallo, one that definitely deserves to be better known than it is. Another thing that deserves to be better known is Ennio Morricone’s wonderful score for this film. Hence, today’s song of the day: Ennio Morricone’s Main Theme From Autopsy!
The film is 1968’s Danger Diabolik! The music is courtesy of Morricone. The direction is courtesy of Mario Bava. Does the scene make any sense? Does it have to? This film is all about pure style and it’s hard to think of any place as stylish (by 1968 standards) as Valmont’s Nightclub.
Today, as we continue to honor the memory of Ennio Morricone and celebrate the birthday of Mario Bava, this just seems like the perfect scene to share.
Today’s song of the day comes from a film that may not be good but which is kind of fun, 1985’s Red Sonja. Ennio Morricone’s score for this film was enjoyably silly, much like the film itself. The main theme finds Morricone in a playful mood so listen and enjoy!
Today’s selection in our on-going tribute to the memory of Ennio Morricone comes to us from the score for Sergio Sollima’s 1966 film, The Big Gundown.
Even though Morricone may be best known for his work with Sergo Leone, he provided scores for several different Spaghetti western directors. The epic grandeur of the Italian westerns has as much to do with Morricone’s music as it does with any individual director or even any individual star. For many, Morricone was the composer of the mythological old west.