As in my first blog, this piece will pay tribute to Quentin Tarantino. But, it is in his choice of Music Director for the motion picture, Django Unchained and the Hateful Eight that we will concentrate on. Ennio Morricone was 87 years young when he won best Musical Score at the Oscars in 2016 for Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.
Tarantino brought Morricone back to the table for 2012’s Django Unchained, more than forty years after the octogenarian wrote the original score for Django in 1966! Tarantino sets the scene not too unlike the Old Wild West. Jamie Foxx plays the title role of Django. In this opening scene Django is being led, barefoot, bare chested, scarred and in chains through the scorched earth.
Here we learn that Django has been sold in to the slave trade. A theme that would drive the film forward to Candyland where we meet Amerigo Vesseppi (Franco Nero). Here Tarantino is paying homage to Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 film Django, in which Franco Nero played Django (-the D is silent).
The film, as in much, if not all of Tarantino’s films, features a great soundtrack. With fourteen songs in total, Morricone contributes to at least three of these http://www.allmusic.com/album/quentin-tarantinos-django-unchained-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-mw0002891872
Then in 2016 Morricone and Tarantino went on to enjoy further success with their partnership on The Hateful Eight, with Tarantino accepting the award for Best Original Score on the octogenarians behalf.
Mid way through Eight, Morricone scores Sister Sara’s theme and it is this piece of music that took me back to my childhood when I would watch Spaghetti westerns with my father. Clint Eastwood was our favorite cowboy/outlaw. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were a close second for me, though to be honest, I much preferred Newman and Redford in The Sting, with the latter being excellent as Bob Woodward in 1973’s all the President’s Men. For now, we thank Morricone for composing his pieces with Tarantino and maybe some day we will see the pair collaborate again before they take the long ride in to the sunset. Come back soon Django!