eno | An exciting documentary (8/10)


Ennio Morricone dreamed of becoming a doctor, but his father, a musician, directed him as a child to learn the trumpet. Itinerary of one of the most influential composers of the last six decades.

Posted yesterday at 7:00

Marc-André Lussier

Marc-André Lussier
The print

The famous Italian composer Ennio Morricone passed away in 2020 at the age of 91 and is the subject of an excellent documentary, directed by one of the directors with whom he has often collaborated, Giuseppe Tornatore. For five years, the director of Paradise cinema has collected numerous testimonies (from Quentin Tarantino to Clint Eastwood passing through everything that the Italian music and art scene has personality) and collected precious scenes from the archives. Especially Tornatore was able to talk for a long time with the man who, for more than six decades, has left his indelible mark in the art of music written for cinema.

In other words, Ennio Morricone, a discreet man by nature, tells his story. And it’s exciting. We will obviously revisit all the greatest feats of arms of an incomparable career: the unforgettable collaboration with Sergio Leone (classmate in elementary school!), The missiona film that shocked him so much that initially he thought he could not compose anything, his ambiguous relationship with Hollywood, which was slow to recognize it, in short, all the milestones of an exceptional career are evoked, enriched with superb visual and sound extracts.

That said, what happened in Ennio Morricone’s life before the cinema is equally fascinating: a childhood during which his father, a trumpeter in jazz orchestras, forced his son to follow in his footsteps, a talent as an arranger and melodist who revolutionized the world of song. Italian of the early sixties (magnificent pieces of the time), as well as a moral dilemma that has torn this genius for years, the elite of the musical world from which he comes (he was one of the most brilliant students of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome) looking down on this “minor” art which in his eyes is film music …

Presented at the Venice Film Festival last year, Ennio is the subject of a special presentation orchestrated as part of the Return to Italy cycle, the result of the collaboration between the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal and the Museum’s cinema. Strangely enough, no North American distributor still owns the rights to this extraordinary film. Hopefully moving to this side.

This unique session ofEnniopresented in the original Italian version with French subtitles, it takes place on 4 October at 7:30 pm.




Giuseppe Tornatore

With Ennio Morricone, Nicola Piovani, Bernardo Bertolucci

At the museum cinema



Leave a Comment