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Ennio Morricone calls Quentin Tarantino's music choices incoherent and will never work with him again

Mar. 15, 2013by: Alex Maidy

So it looks like the working relationship between the legendary Ennio Morricone and recent Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino has come to an end. And, from the sounds of it, not an amicable one. Morricone recently took questions about working with Tarantino during a Q&A at LUISS University in Rome where he basically said he would never work with the director ever again.

“I wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything. He said last year he wanted to work with me again ever since INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, but I told him I couldn't, because he didn’t give me enough time. So he just used a song I had written previously.”

So, Morricone is upset that Tarantino used old music instead of asking him to write new music? Didn't Morricone produce a completely new track for DJANGO UNCHAINED? The 84 year old composer complained that Tarantino “places music in his films without coherence" and "you can't do anything with someone like that." Forgive me if I am wrong, but isn't the point of Tarantino's music selections meant to be anachronistic to the film itself? I just don't think Morricone gets what Tarantino is going for in his movies.

Quentin Tarantino has featured the works of Morricone in each of his films since KILL BILL. But, according to this Hollywood Reporter article, the rift came when he was asked to score INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. When he couldn't, Tarantino used 8 old tracks, which were all likely in the public domain. So, is Morricone pissed that he didn't get paid for the music? If so, that seems a petty reason for this feud.

I highly doubt this will stop Tarantino from paying homage to Morricone in future movies, but you never know. The composer did call out DJANGO UNCHAINED for being "too bloody".

Extra Tidbit: Dang, the last few weeks have been Hollywood feud central. Who will be the next cranky bastard to call out an Oscar winner?

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2:59AM on 03/20/2013
To be fair to Morricone, the random music selections in Django Unchained was the worst thing about the movie.
To be fair to Morricone, the random music selections in Django Unchained was the worst thing about the movie.
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12:35PM on 03/18/2013

Don't Fuck With Morricone

Tarantino shouldn't bite the hand that feeds him, creatively speaking. So much of Quentin's style directly comes from the influence Morricone had on movies throughout his career.
Tarantino shouldn't bite the hand that feeds him, creatively speaking. So much of Quentin's style directly comes from the influence Morricone had on movies throughout his career.
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9:44AM on 03/18/2013
I've always thought this myself and people have looked at me like I'm nuts. At least a musical legend agrees with me.
I've always thought this myself and people have looked at me like I'm nuts. At least a musical legend agrees with me.
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11:37PM on 03/17/2013

Tidbit

Excellent choice of words sir! So now as per you Mr. Morricone is a "cranky bastard"? How very unbiased of you.
Excellent choice of words sir! So now as per you Mr. Morricone is a "cranky bastard"? How very unbiased of you.
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5:48PM on 03/16/2013

I'm torn...

I totally understand Morricone's POV and I get why Quentin splices a lot of old scores into his movies. Granted it is often out of context of what the Composer intended. (which happens all the time as it happened with Goldsmith for Alien and Rambo 3) But Looking at the current Zimmer trend with Hollywood film scoring I could totally see myself as a director using older scores in my movies as opposed to the homogenized crap that comes from Remote Control Productions.
I totally understand Morricone's POV and I get why Quentin splices a lot of old scores into his movies. Granted it is often out of context of what the Composer intended. (which happens all the time as it happened with Goldsmith for Alien and Rambo 3) But Looking at the current Zimmer trend with Hollywood film scoring I could totally see myself as a director using older scores in my movies as opposed to the homogenized crap that comes from Remote Control Productions.
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3:00PM on 03/16/2013

Can't blame Ennio

I like both men equally the same, but Ennio has every right to be upset.
I like both men equally the same, but Ennio has every right to be upset.
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10:06AM on 03/16/2013
Ennio Morricone is a god among men. I'm sorry he and Quentin won't be working together in any official capacity (Tarantino can still pay for rights to his music), but I respect the man's opinion, and it doesn't lessen the impact of his work for me at all.
Ennio Morricone is a god among men. I'm sorry he and Quentin won't be working together in any official capacity (Tarantino can still pay for rights to his music), but I respect the man's opinion, and it doesn't lessen the impact of his work for me at all.
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9:57AM on 03/16/2013
Ennio shouldn't be blamed. QT may be a really good filmmaker, but you can tell by the way he is that he can be an asshole to some. I respect his talents, but his over-the-top corny rockstar poser personality is annoying, at times. And if he didn't pay the man who makes his music, he's at wrong. Doesn't matter how, what, or why. If you don't pay someone who has helped you make a name for yourself, you're just f*cking wrong. And if he did pay him, Ennio's still allowed his opinions.
Ennio shouldn't be blamed. QT may be a really good filmmaker, but you can tell by the way he is that he can be an asshole to some. I respect his talents, but his over-the-top corny rockstar poser personality is annoying, at times. And if he didn't pay the man who makes his music, he's at wrong. Doesn't matter how, what, or why. If you don't pay someone who has helped you make a name for yourself, you're just f*cking wrong. And if he did pay him, Ennio's still allowed his opinions.
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12:26AM on 03/16/2013
Fucking cunt
Fucking cunt
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9:41PM on 03/15/2013

heh

Ennio can suck it.
Ennio can suck it.
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8:06PM on 03/15/2013

I'm a big film score collector

Sorry. Double post.
Sorry. Double post.
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8:06PM on 03/15/2013

I'm a big film score collector

I understand where he's coming from. And this seems to be trend happening in Hollywood, especially with sequels. If you watch the Hobbit and then listen to the cd, you can tell Jackson cut a lot of the new material out of the film and replaced it with cues from Lord of the Rings. So while I like most of Tarantino's music choices, his method, if adopted by all directors, would put film composers out of a job b/c directors would just take samples from some library of music.
I understand where he's coming from. And this seems to be trend happening in Hollywood, especially with sequels. If you watch the Hobbit and then listen to the cd, you can tell Jackson cut a lot of the new material out of the film and replaced it with cues from Lord of the Rings. So while I like most of Tarantino's music choices, his method, if adopted by all directors, would put film composers out of a job b/c directors would just take samples from some library of music.
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7:57PM on 03/15/2013
When a composer creates a score, obviously they'll do it with a frame of mind and a context for that score to be used. If someone comes along later and then uses those pieces in a completely new context, then I'd imagine it can be difficult to accept sometimes, especially for someone as talented and well regarded as Morricone. But that doesn't mean it's a bad choice, or it doesn't work. I guess it could feel like the 'ownership' of that music and its meaning isn't really with the composer any
When a composer creates a score, obviously they'll do it with a frame of mind and a context for that score to be used. If someone comes along later and then uses those pieces in a completely new context, then I'd imagine it can be difficult to accept sometimes, especially for someone as talented and well regarded as Morricone. But that doesn't mean it's a bad choice, or it doesn't work. I guess it could feel like the 'ownership' of that music and its meaning isn't really with the composer any more. So I could see why he's pissed, but at the same time I don't think he's right.
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7:12PM on 03/15/2013
Seems like tarantino hater trolls are having a bitching orgy on this one.why so Serious...?!
Seems like tarantino hater trolls are having a bitching orgy on this one.why so Serious...?!
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6:55PM on 03/15/2013
It's just words on paper, so I dont know how "pissed" Morricone is, but his comments seem pretty tame and not worth such vitriolic, uninformed crticism.
It's just words on paper, so I dont know how "pissed" Morricone is, but his comments seem pretty tame and not worth such vitriolic, uninformed crticism.
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6:46PM on 03/15/2013
sorry about the triple posting, dont know why it does this
sorry about the triple posting, dont know why it does this
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6:45PM on 03/15/2013
Haha, I love reading posts by Tarantino haters. They are all so fucking ANGRY!
Haha, I love reading posts by Tarantino haters. They are all so fucking ANGRY!
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6:44PM on 03/15/2013

LEGEND

It was probably more due to the fact that Tarantino used his music for reasons he hated. When you are an artist and you create something you are very personal about that piece. So when that piece is used for something you dont agree with, Well Id be pretty pissed.
It was probably more due to the fact that Tarantino used his music for reasons he hated. When you are an artist and you create something you are very personal about that piece. So when that piece is used for something you dont agree with, Well Id be pretty pissed.
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6:17PM on 03/15/2013
I love Tarantino's music selections in his films. He has a knack for selecting great, unknown songs in each of his scenes. I own the Django Unchained soundtrack and at least listen to some part of it at least once a day.

Ancora Qui has to be my favorite song from Django Unchained. It's beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.

I love Tarantino's music selections in his films. He has a knack for selecting great, unknown songs in each of his scenes. I own the Django Unchained soundtrack and at least listen to some part of it at least once a day.

Ancora Qui has to be my favorite song from Django Unchained. It's beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.

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7:30PM on 03/15/2013
Haha I love trolls and haters.
Haha I love trolls and haters.
7:38AM on 03/16/2013
Far out! The trolls and haters REALLY hated that one The_Soloist.

I agree with you and love his soundtracks too, but I can understand Morricone's frustration.
Far out! The trolls and haters REALLY hated that one The_Soloist.

I agree with you and love his soundtracks too, but I can understand Morricone's frustration.
6:09PM on 03/15/2013

Ennio Morricone in public domain?!

Um, does the writer of this article even know how public domain works? Nothing Morricone wrote is old enough to fall into public domain.

Also, Morricone has reason to be angry. Despite that, unlike some people, he was polite & tasteful in speaking about his dislike for what Tarantino did.

Tarantino is an egocentric douche at times. He also stole writing credit from Roger Avary because he wanted the screen to say "written & directed by Quentin Tarantino". He may be a very talented
Um, does the writer of this article even know how public domain works? Nothing Morricone wrote is old enough to fall into public domain.

Also, Morricone has reason to be angry. Despite that, unlike some people, he was polite & tasteful in speaking about his dislike for what Tarantino did.

Tarantino is an egocentric douche at times. He also stole writing credit from Roger Avary because he wanted the screen to say "written & directed by Quentin Tarantino". He may be a very talented filmmaker, but he certainly isn't a standup fellow.
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5:30AM on 03/16/2013
True. I suspect that the confusion may be that Tarantino may have used music he already had rights to, ie music that was used in previous films that he had rights to. Ennio did not say that Tarantino illegally stole music from other movies. I remember there was a similar complaint in the past about a similar incident. Hmm. I remember now: there was an Incredible Hulk episode from 1978 Never Give a Trucker an Even Break that used footage from the 1971 Steven Spielberg movie Duel. Steven
True. I suspect that the confusion may be that Tarantino may have used music he already had rights to, ie music that was used in previous films that he had rights to. Ennio did not say that Tarantino illegally stole music from other movies. I remember there was a similar complaint in the past about a similar incident. Hmm. I remember now: there was an Incredible Hulk episode from 1978 Never Give a Trucker an Even Break that used footage from the 1971 Steven Spielberg movie Duel. Steven Spielberg saw the TV show and was surprised to see scenes from his film being used as stock footage. It's a bit insulting, actually, but Universal had the right to do that: they also used stock footage from Airport 1975 and Earthquake in episodes from the first season of The Incredible Hulk. Anyway, Spielberg told all of the studios that he didn't want any scenes from any of his films ever used as stock footage ever again and for the most part the studios complied with his request.
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6:00PM on 03/15/2013

His complaint seems... umm...

I don't even know. Public domain is public domain, thems the breaks... or brakes? idk
I don't even know. Public domain is public domain, thems the breaks... or brakes? idk
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5:57PM on 03/15/2013

LEGEND

It was probably more due to the fact that Tarantino used his music for reasons he hated. When you are an artist and you create something you are very personal about that piece. So when that piece is used for something you dont agree with, Well Id be pretty pissed.
It was probably more due to the fact that Tarantino used his music for reasons he hated. When you are an artist and you create something you are very personal about that piece. So when that piece is used for something you dont agree with, Well Id be pretty pissed.
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5:51PM on 03/15/2013
Good for Mr Morricone, the guy is a legend and I think his opinion is perfectly valid here. As for the 'too much blood' comment, the grand guignol ending totally took me out of the film so I think he has a point with that too.
Good for Mr Morricone, the guy is a legend and I think his opinion is perfectly valid here. As for the 'too much blood' comment, the grand guignol ending totally took me out of the film so I think he has a point with that too.
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5:48PM on 03/15/2013

LEGEND

It was probably more due to the fact that Tarantino used his music for reasons he hated. When you are an artist and you create something you are very personal about that piece. So when that piece is used for something you dont agree with, Well Id be pretty pissed.
It was probably more due to the fact that Tarantino used his music for reasons he hated. When you are an artist and you create something you are very personal about that piece. So when that piece is used for something you dont agree with, Well Id be pretty pissed.
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5:46PM on 03/15/2013

Fucking JoBlo....

Get off of Tarantino's dick already. Bullshit fanboy "reporting" like this is the reason directors like QT and Nolan are so damned overrated in the first place. Morricone has every right to be pissed off.
Get off of Tarantino's dick already. Bullshit fanboy "reporting" like this is the reason directors like QT and Nolan are so damned overrated in the first place. Morricone has every right to be pissed off.
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11:35PM on 03/17/2013
Couldn't agree more. +1.
Couldn't agree more. +1.
5:44PM on 03/15/2013

Fucking JoBlo....

Get off of Tarantino's dick already. Bullshit fanboy "reporting" like this is the reason directors like QT and Nolan are so damned overrated in the first place. Morricone has every right to be pissed off.
Get off of Tarantino's dick already. Bullshit fanboy "reporting" like this is the reason directors like QT and Nolan are so damned overrated in the first place. Morricone has every right to be pissed off.
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5:36PM on 03/15/2013

LEGEND

It was probably more due to the fact that Tarantino used his music for reasons he hated. When you are an artist and you create something you are very personal about that piece. So when that piece is used for something you dont agree with, Well Id be pretty pissed.
It was probably more due to the fact that Tarantino used his music for reasons he hated. When you are an artist and you create something you are very personal about that piece. So when that piece is used for something you dont agree with, Well Id be pretty pissed.
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5:35PM on 03/15/2013
Disagree with Morricone.The way QT uses music and many other cinematic elements for that matter is original and god bless him for that. He offers you a different experience from every other filmmaker
out there and he should be celebrated for that,
regardless of whether you enjoy his work or not.
Just about every other mainstream filmmaker out
there uses music in such a throwaway fashion. If
any particular moment needs an emotion to be
underlined, they'll use a generic pop song
provided
Disagree with Morricone.The way QT uses music and many other cinematic elements for that matter is original and god bless him for that. He offers you a different experience from every other filmmaker
out there and he should be celebrated for that,
regardless of whether you enjoy his work or not.
Just about every other mainstream filmmaker out
there uses music in such a throwaway fashion. If
any particular moment needs an emotion to be
underlined, they'll use a generic pop song
provided to them by the music supervisor to fill
that gap and that'll be that. I enjoy how Quentin
does the exact opposite of that, the piece of music
or song is as vital as anything else on -screen.
Not many filmmakers do that. For Morricone to
criticize him for that is disingenuous and cranky.
Leave it to the Italians to criticize anything that did
not come from their shores, because they are the
filmmaking and musical geniuses they used to
be, right?
Italy, a country for dinosaurs and relics...
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5:45PM on 03/15/2013
Yeah, I hate to break it to you, bud, but absolutely nothing that Tarantino does is original. That's kind of his whole schtick.
Yeah, I hate to break it to you, bud, but absolutely nothing that Tarantino does is original. That's kind of his whole schtick.
5:10PM on 03/15/2013
Spring break bitches!
Spring break bitches!
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4:59PM on 03/15/2013
Not getting paid is a petty reason??? I certainly wouldn't call that a petty reason. If Tarantino did not pay Morricone for use of his music then I would say he definitely has grounds for his displeasure and not wanting to work with him again. But who knows if that's the actual case.
Not getting paid is a petty reason??? I certainly wouldn't call that a petty reason. If Tarantino did not pay Morricone for use of his music then I would say he definitely has grounds for his displeasure and not wanting to work with him again. But who knows if that's the actual case.
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4:58PM on 03/15/2013
Nice totally unbiased reporting, dumbfuck.
Nice totally unbiased reporting, dumbfuck.
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4:51PM on 03/15/2013

Ennio has a point

Quentin wanted him to do music for his movie, he said he didn't have time... so Quentin basically goes behind his back and disrespects him by using his old work. Seriously, why? Would it have been that hard to hire another composer to make music rather than basically shove it in Ennio's face by using his old music that wasn't intended for that movie? I know it may be public domain and not illegal or anything like that but from an artists perspective I can totally see how disrespectful and
Quentin wanted him to do music for his movie, he said he didn't have time... so Quentin basically goes behind his back and disrespects him by using his old work. Seriously, why? Would it have been that hard to hire another composer to make music rather than basically shove it in Ennio's face by using his old music that wasn't intended for that movie? I know it may be public domain and not illegal or anything like that but from an artists perspective I can totally see how disrespectful and selfish that was of Quentin and totally understand why Ennio would not want to 'work' with him again.
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4:40PM on 03/15/2013
someone check the water supply in Hollywood, way too much haterade being served.
someone check the water supply in Hollywood, way too much haterade being served.
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4:47PM on 03/15/2013
Or maybe people are finally ceasing with sucking each other off and are finally speaking their mind. I for one am loving it. Hopefully more people start calling out Tarantino for being a hack.
Or maybe people are finally ceasing with sucking each other off and are finally speaking their mind. I for one am loving it. Hopefully more people start calling out Tarantino for being a hack.