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 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

SEE REVIEW BELOW IN THREAD:


Tomorrow night I will finally be seeing with ClaFong99 this epic doc from Giuseppe Tornatore. Can't think of another director who made such an elaborate effort for his composer of long standing. It doesn't say the length for this showing but I am assuming it is the long one that got such great reviews at Venice.




nematheque.com/now-showing/ennio-the-maestro/?mc_cid=ac54fcd9f7&mc_eid=437fe46a64

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 11:01 PM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

Lucky you, Henry. I'm impatient to read your account.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 12:29 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Lucky you, Henry. I'm impatient to read your account.

I concur with Laurent

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I see "150 minutes" in the link, Henry. Is there a longer cut? Whatever, it sounds like it'll be great. Enjoy!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes -- lucky you, Henry. I have colleagues who saw it in Venice, and who were enthusiastic about it, but it has not been picked up by a Norwegian distributor yet, AFAIK. So I'll just have to wait patiently untill the theatrical run is over and it (hopefully) gets released on a streaming platform or physical media.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I see "150 minutes" in the link, Henry. Is there a longer cut? Whatever, it sounds like it'll be great. Enjoy!

Ah, that wasn't there before. Indeed this is the longer cut. And if Tornatore is smart he wont get around to the shorter cut that has mentioned but it probably some contractual thing.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2021 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

As a kid I grew up in the 50s watching the Academy Awards and was baffled by it. Not by the glitz or the movie stars but by why the average Joe would watch an awards ceremony that would honor film cinematographers, editors, animators, foreign films, costume designers composers and a lot more. But I cared because I loved film and watched adoringly. Especially film music where there was no recognition elsewhere at all. ENNIO: THE MAESTRO is about a film music composer so I don’t expect a lot of people to share what I thought of the film.

Given that, I need to express what a monumental achievement Giuseppe Tornatore has created. Having followed all kinds of film composers over the years I have always had a passion for a small group that transcended that title and made their careers literally a musical journey through every musical byway that they were challenged with. As Morricone says in this piece film composers are asked to do anything. I have seen dozens of film composer biographies over the years like “In The Tracks of” series, BBC epics and Fred Carlin’s Jerry Goldsmith piece. But Tornatore has used his ample filmic skills to pay tribute to one of the greatest, most prolific, wide ranging film composers who ever lived by relating his journey, while he was still alive, and getting him to express the passion that usually comes out only in his music. He does this by every means possible with documentary footage, home movies, old TV shows, interviews, concert footage, snapshots and mostly through Ennio’s own words. It is two and a half hours long and all who I talked to (including Marshall Harvey a film editor!) wished it was longer.

Morricone himself relates everything from his childhood to the days his dad, and then he, played trumpet on a number of Italian film scores. It is astounding to watch Ennio describe in detail what he brought to his early arrangements and then compositions to make them different, to make them stand out. The interviews, old and new, are far ranging including his teachers, musicians, singers, film directors, artists he influenced, a number of fellow Italian film composers and a few American ones like Hans Zimmer and John Williams. The film is totally dense with detail to the point I HAVE to see it again. The film ends on the ultimate film music conundrum, is it as purely expressive as absolute music? Is that snobbishness that resulted justified? Morricone answers that decisively. Tornatore has created the ideal tribute/biography that I will not see the likes of again.

Lastly I saw it with a more than half full audience masked and vaccinated. I know this is not possible for many but If you can see it with an audience do so. There are a lot of laughs, emotional moments and audible reactions that will not be there seeing it at home no matter how large a screen you have.

This is a 70 year old’s dream film music tribute come true. I was an emotional wreck by the end of it. Thank you Giuseppe.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2021 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thanks a lot for that report, Henry. Even more excited now.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2021 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

Thank you Henry. I am greatly looking forward to seeing this when I can.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2021 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

Thanks a lot for this superb piece, Henry. I actually didn't expect this documentary to be 2 hours and half long, so what a fantastic tribute it must be from start to finish ! The trailer showing Ennio doing his gym early in the morning was already a stunning appetizer but what you wrote about it makes me even more impatient to see it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2021 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Thanks a lot for this superb piece, Henry. I actually didn't expect this documentary to be 2 hours and half long, so what a fantastic tribute it must be from start to finish ! The trailer showing Ennio doing his gym early in the morning was already a stunning appetizer but what you wrote about it makes me even more impatient to see it.

Yes, that indeed is how it opens. It really got to me that he did more exercises than I.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2021 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Yes -- lucky you, Henry. I have colleagues who saw it in Venice, and who were enthusiastic about it, but it has not been picked up by a Norwegian distributor yet, AFAIK. So I'll just have to wait patiently untill the theatrical run is over and it (hopefully) gets released on a streaming platform or physical media.

I think they are planning a theatrical run next year. I have a feeling it may get more of a release than expected if for no other reason than it is inspiring and many of the best docs are bummers.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2021 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

As an example of how dense this film is, I've been thinking of it a lot since I saw it a week ago, an item that surprised me I just recalled. All my life I heard that Ennio would use rejected themes from Leone on other films. But, as an aside, Morricone mentioned in the film that Leone would ask about rejected themes from OTHER films when they were struggling to find a theme. Just the opposite of what I heard from fans and other sources. I thought that was fascinating.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2021 - 12:36 AM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

As an example of how dense this film is, I've been thinking of it a lot since I saw it a week ago, an item that surprised me I just recalled. All my life I heard that Ennio would use rejected themes from Leone on other films. But, as an aside, Morricone mentioned in the film that Leone would ask about rejected themes from OTHER films when they were struggling to find a theme. Just the opposite of what I heard from fans and other sources. I thought that was fascinating.

Henry, both might of course be true but I personally read on several occasions that Leone was very happy to pick up ideas that had been rejected by other directors, almost implying that his colleagues had no taste at all ! I think Alessandro de Rosa and other writers before him must have mentioned it somewhere.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2021 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Mathias   (Member)

A new trailer for the film: https://www.comingsoon.it/cinema/news/ennio-il-trailer-del-documentario-su-morricone-firmato-da-giuseppe/n133225/?fbclid=IwAR3rOw1fS7scRdQR8gyWunEW0X_3cZ8TmBfU7RRj5odC82PPunxncDUO49w

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2022 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Have just read Henry's review of this documentary............thank you Henry.

Have we got any release dates for this film yet? I'd love to see it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Have just read Henry's review of this documentary............thank you Henry.

Have we got any release dates for this film yet? I'd love to see it.


There have been a couple dates announced but I think it might be Covid related that nothing is solid yet. They want a theater release but this is not the time for regular movies let alone a Doc.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2022 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Giuseppe Tornatore presents the documentary - Che Tempo Che Fa - 01/23/22

with clips from the documentary

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2022 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Mathias   (Member)

New short clip from "Ennio"! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8cLwyw1yvGQ

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2022 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

ENNIO: THE MAESTRO has a UK theatrical release date of April 22, 2022. No idea how wide that release is likely to be - I'd be amazed if it comes to any of my local miseryplexes (except Milton Keynes because they have 16 screens) - but it should be easier to find if you're in the major cities.

 
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