My favorite composer of movie music, Ennio Morricone, is 84 years old today. I only met him through his music, on records or in movies. Many of these marvellous movies were made by Sergio Leone, the italian expert of the spaghetti western genre. My hero. I had the pleasure of meeting Sergio Leone in 1988, when he was head of the jury at the Venice Film Festival. Just a short meeting, just a few photos, but something I remember. Leone died in April 1989, only 60 years old. But his movies are still there, like my favorite, Once Upon a Time in the West (C’Era una Volta il West).
Among the others in the jury that year are Lina Wärtmuller (white glasses), who in 1976 became the first woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for directing, the swedish actress Lena Olin (The unbearable lightness of being), and Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders), who I had a breakfast-interview with that year, but don’t ask me what he said, or what we ate, I probably ate nothing. There are more photos in my web gallery from La Biennale di Venezia.
And some Morricone music and Leone pictures (cinematographer: Tonino Delli Colli):