Ennio Morricone Backs Off From Quentin Tarantino Insult

Famed composer says comments were misconstrued

March 19, 2013 10:45 AM ET
Ennio Morricone, Quentin Tarantino
Ennio Morricone and Quentin Tarantino.
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Famed Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has apologized to and clarified recent remarks he made about Quentin Tarantino's use of his music in Django Unchained, Entertainment Weekly reports.

According to The New York Times, Morricone – who's known for his Spaghetti Western scores and has contributed music to four Tarantino movies – reportedly told film students in Rome that he was unhappy with the use of his song "Ancora Qui" in Django and wouldn't collaborate with the director again, saying he "places music in his films without coherence." He apparently added of the film itself, "To tell the truth, I didn't care for it. Too much blood."

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In a new statement, however, Morricone wrote that his comments were misconstrued with only a part of them being reported. The composer said he has "a great respect for Tarantino" and wrote, "I am glad he chooses my music."

Morricone, whose compositions include The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, said that Tarantino's penchant for mixing and matching pieces of music means there's a risk when composing for him that the director won't use a work in its entirety. "In my opinion, the fact that Tarantino chooses different pieces of music from a work in a film makes the pieces not to be always consistent with the entire work."

As far as the bloodbath that is Django Uchained, Morricone said that it's simply not in his character to see too much blood in a movie. He added, though, that he's especially impressed "with a film that is made very well and where the blood is shot well. But this has nothing to do with my respect for that  [sic] Tarantino which remains great."

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