Ennio Morricone, The Movie Music Man

In a Guardian interview, Ennio Morricone talks about composing music for films. My favorite of his theories: “The music in a film must enter politely, very slowly,” like an uninvited guest at a party. [Guess they raise a more genteel breed of gatecrashers in Italy.]
I’m the first to cop to being influenced by Morricone. While still on location for Souvenir (November 2001), I considered using some of his music for our soundtrack. Once the post-production party got underway, though, it was obvious that the beautiful, loaded track didn’t fit in at our gritty little party.
With a new 4-CD set, Io, Ennio Morricone, the composer’s not only looking to come in, he’s planning to stay for a while.