Ennio: preview of the new documentary on Morricone

The documentary dedicated to Ennio Morricone will be released in theaters on February 17th and will be available in preview on January 29th and 30th

Among Italian artists most appreciated ever, it is impossible not to mention Ennio Morricone, known for its extraordinary soundtracks, imprinted in the history of cinema. His works are unforgettable, like those composed for Once upon a time in the West (1968) and Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1989). The recently deceased composer is about to be celebrated in a documentary that Giuseppe Tornatore has decided to dedicate it.

The film, entitled Ennio, was presented to the Venice Film Festival, where it was appreciated for the unpublished presentation by the composer. In fact, the film shows the public not only the artistic side of Morricone, which many know, but also the more human side.

Ennio’s plot

The documentary was born thanks to friendship which for years has linked Tornatore to Morricone. Thanks to the years spent together and the collaborations, the director was able to get to know the Maestro better, appreciating him not only for his music.

Ennio retraces Morricone’s life, starting from childhood, up to the latest successes, showing the environments of his life, both private and working. The events are narrated through a long interview, made to the Master, with whom they are accompanied archival materials e movie scenes. There is no shortage of testimonies from other musicians and directors such as Verdone, Bertolucci, Bellocchio, Tarantino e Bruce Springsteen.

Giuseppe Tornatore’s dream

Tornatore wanted visually recreate a novel, to narrate the life of a man of great talent, while also revealing his weaknesses and sacrifices. For the director, the film is like a dream come true, given the composer’s distrust of getting naked and talking about himself. Morricone had in fact agreed to make the documentary precisely because it was his friend who made it.

During some interviews Tornatore dwelt a lot on friendship that bound them and the good fortune to have seen him work. He talks about how he easily wrote melodies that he seemed to already have in his head and that he just had to pin down on a piece of paper, without even the aid of an instrument.

Ennio is distributed by Lucky Red, in collaboration with Timvision. The documentary will be released in theaters on February 17, but it will also be possible to see it in preview throughout Italy, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January.

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