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Criticism of ‘Ennio: The Master’: The genius according to Tornatore

The documentary, which includes the participation of the most important figures in the artistic world, analyzes the figure of the composer.

Giuseppe Tornatore’s best films are under the influence of ghosts turned into corporeal manifestations of the evidently nostalgic weight of a beauty as enigmatic as it is fascinating. The specter that looks out at us from this comprehensive, nostalgic, beautiful, and ultimately unsolvable enigma documentary about Ennio Morricone is the composer himself. From a Beyond that are the images of Morricone in his sanctum sanctorum, the author of the soundtrack of the lives of many of us pretends that he looks at us with his misted glasses and he challenges us to decipher the mystery of a genius that he insists on denying when he knows it’s there, between melodies that broke the sense of melody and giving life to frames where eternity is visual sound.

‘Ennio: The Maestro’ knows that the voice of westerns, giallos, comedies, romances, dramas, police and political broadsides is what that chess player (like Max von Sydow of ‘The Seventh Seal’) gave them from a cabalistic pentagram enriching scripts and marking the direction style. Many of those directors (Quentin Tarantino, Bernardo Bertolucci, Dario Argento, Clint Eastwood, Brian De Palma…) and colleagues (John Williams) appear in Tornatore’s film, but they are echoes of something that will never be achieved. the transcendence of the compositions of a ghost that enclosed his talent in a whistle, a guitar, choirs and in the music of a pocket watch. ‘Ennio: The Maestro’ shows the beauty (the irony, the evil, the anguish…, dozens of feelings in the form of musical notes) of Morricone’s work without actually discovering its secrets, although I know that it can make the arranger known singer and songwriter prior to film fame. Like the walled-in maid in The Best Deal, Baaria’s Alberto Sordi, or the blind projectionist in ‘Cinema Paradiso’, the petite, misanthropic protagonist of this gripping documentary is more powerfully real when he’s a memory, when he’s a ghost to live on forever. in the nostalgia of a cinema to see listening to it.

For mediums of Ennio Morricone’s unique musical supernatural alchemy.

The best: rediscovering his compositions from another perspective.

The worst: that some continue to consider him a ‘minor’ author.


Direction: Giuseppe Tornatore Distribution: Ennio Morricone, Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Wong Kar-Wai, Dario Argento, Quincy JonesEnnio Morricone, Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Wong Kar-Wai, Dario Argento, Quincy Jones Original title: Ennio: The Maestro Country: Italy Year: 2021 Release date: 13–05-2022 Gender: Documentary film Film script: Giuseppe Tornatore Duration: 156 minutes

Synopsis: A beautiful tribute in the form of a documentary made up of an endearing interview between Tornatore and the Maestro, by testimonials from artists and directors, such as Bertolucci, Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Springsteen, and also by fictional scenes, fragments of his music and images. archive. The documentary reveals little-known facets of his private life, such as his passion for chess and also the origin of some of his brilliant musical intuitions, such as the coyote’s cry that suggests the theme of “The Good, the Ugly, and the evil”.

Source: Fotogramas

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