Ennio Morricone: Cinema Paradiso

23 August 2014, 15:32

Another film music hit for Ennio Morricone, scoring this dramatic and mischievous Italian film.

A celebration both of childhood and the medium of film, Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 drama Cinema Paradiso has become one of the most cherished slices of world cinema in the past two decades. 

In keeping with the film's study of a relationship between a child and a father figure, Morricone collaborated with his son Andrea for the film's score. The two originally first wrote music together for a series of Italian crime dramas called Ultimo, before their work on Cinema Paradiso won them a Bafta.

While Morricone is best known for the experimental nature of his earlier work scoring westerns for Sergio Leone with natural sounds, electric guitars and harmonica, Cinema Paradiso is a more traditional orchestral score. However, it is a perfect accompaniment to the sentimental and romantic nature of the film itself. 

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