musicology #140


theGood,Bad&theUgly #7

(Ennio Morricone – The Good The Bad & The Ugly (main title)

finishing up this tribute to one of themusicologist’s all time favourite films with the final scene….guns drawn for the finale. don’t know how many of you remember the film in detail but this is shot in the centre of the graveyard. Il Buono has written the name on the stone and it’s waiting there for the victor to claim…as a piece of atmospheric cinema it ranks up there with the best of ’em and even though I have seen it many times it always has the same sense of drama and anticipation. A large part of that is down to Ennio Moricone’s film score and I would like to pay tribute to the man, (who’s film scores are enough for me to watch any film), by including his work here on the last day.

I won’t lie to you it’s been hard work this week searching through the vaults for diverse tunes that try to capture the essence of the film but most definately worth the effort and something I will be looking at doing again. I have a few ideas for alternative soundtracks so look out for them filed under the ‘soundtrack’ category.

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11 thoughts on “musicology #140

  1. it brings back early memories this film; the massive impact this fresh look at westerns made on everyone helped by Clint’s star quality. I remember my local Odean being decked out in the film’s pictures/etc. ; even a sort of western bunting round the entrance. The queues were around the block like they were for the Bond films and also for Shaft which was another phenomenon. And the music of the film was everywhere with kids humming the soundtrack and quoting the words all the time.

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  2. I’ve enjoyed this merging of storyline, dialogue
    n music….so much so that its inspired me to
    watch the film!

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  3. inspired…one of my favourite words along with

    connect
    communicate
    collaborate
    passionate

    (to list a few)

    thanks for that..

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  4. I wonder if every generation had/has it’s “impact” movie?

    Mine was probably West Side Story; a film of few spoken words but plenty of attitude, music, dancing, action and, last but not least, fashion. One song which springs to mind is I Wanna Be In America… it had it all… young v old: kids v authority: immigrant v local: male v female, all put across in a darkly humourous way (plus helpings of ‘healthy’ flirting and confrontation) topped up with a fantastic dance routine and musical score…

    I suppose West Side Story doesn’t strike the same cord today but remember I’m talking South London in the 60’s here, and also….. this film was based on a soppy Broadway MUSICAL!!!

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  5. cough, cough, beetroot, beetroot….. on reflection, an even earlier example (kids Saturday morning film club) of “impact” was Bridge On The River Kwei…. Yep, we really stood for that one!!!

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  6. that’ll be 1957 then…same year as 12 Angy Men.. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers breaking into the British charts with ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’, Sputnik launch…etc

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  7. Not sure on the release date… have to check the archives at The British Institute (or Board?) Of Film Distribution. But what I do know is I was no more then “knee-high to a grasshopper” at the time… chuckle, chuckle.

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  8. I’m sure…the release date for ‘Bridge’ was 1957..it cleaned up at the Oscars…interestingly ’12 Angry’ won many of the European awards. I don’t think it went down too well across ‘the pond’

    West Side Story, (the film), came out in 1961

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