Ennio Morricone — RIP

I can think of few composers whose scores projected what the film was supposed to “say” better than their screenplays and directors did than the late Ennio Morricone. I can cite many examples of his acumen; let me settle on The Mission, an otherwise regrettable, forgotten Cannes winner starring Jeremy Irons in his stuffed canary phase and, uh, Robert De Niro as martyred Jesuits. My boys Catholic high school loved Morricone’s score, and it proved up to the task of providing a backdrop for transubstantiation.

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