A Tribute to Ennio Morricone

In what would have been Ennio Morricone’s 92nd birthday month we’re proud to present a tribute to the late composer. Morricone was born in Rome on November 10, 1928. His long artistic career began in 1946 when he received his trumpet diploma and in 1954 he received his diploma in Composition at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia under the guidance of Goffredo Petrassi.

His film career began six years later and between 1960 and 2013 Morricone scored over 450 films. His first Oscar nomination came in 1979 for his score to Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. It was another eight years before he received his second nomination (for Roland Joffé’s The Mission) and he followed quickly with a third in 1988 for Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (he won the BAFTA for all three) and we’re proud to present all three as part of our tribute.

In 1991 Morricone also picked up the BAFTA for his work on Cinema Paradiso, which opens our tribute season in a newly remastered version, and in 2007 was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his achievements in cinema.

Morricone’s influence is extraordinary. His music has entered the cultural lexicon in a manner rivalled, arguably, only by John Williams. His scores for The Mission, Once Upon A Time In America, The Good The Bad and The Ugly are as synonymous with TV commercials and compilation albums as they are for the films for which they were composed. While many casual filmgoers may not know the name, chances are they’ll know the music.

Happy birthday, maestro!

Cinema Paradiso (15)

Friday 27 Nov

Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy's lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in an Italian village, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the…

Days of Heaven (PG)

Saturday 28 Nov

In 1910, a Chicago steelworker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor, and he, his girlfriend (Brooke Adams), and his little sister (Linda Manz) flee to the Texas panhandle, where they find work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic…

The Mission & The Untouchables (15)

Saturday 28 Nov

Ennio Morricone Tribute Double Bill … THE MISSION (1986) d. Roland Joffe Cast: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson - 122mins … Deep in the jungles of South America two men bring God to a native tribe, one a Jesuit Missionary, the other a…

The Good The Bad & The Ugly (18)

Sunday 29 Nov

The final film in the Dollars trilogy is that rare thing – a true classic – presented here in an epic 4K restoration and in its extended version. Given a mixed reception on its initial release, Sergio Leone’s epic amorality play…

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