Ennio Morricone denies Tarantino interview

Ennio Morricone denies Tarantino interview


norman lebrecht

November 13, 2018

Message from the Maestro:


It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have stated extremely negative comments about Tarantino and his films, and the Academy. I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films — and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.

I consider Tarantino a great director. I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit our collaboration responsible for getting me an Oscar, which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgments of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film.

In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, I clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time, and I would never speak poorly of the Academy – an important institution that has given to me two of the most important acknowledgments of my career.

Ennio Morricone


  • Doug says:

    That’s too bad. Because everything stated in the interview was completely correct.

  • Anon says:

    This could be a Tarentino film unto itself. Quiet, low profile film composer, who’s been writing wonderful music all of this life and who’s barely registered a blip of any mention in the press is suddenly spouting off outrageous criticism of a colleague in the media?

    His Wikipedia page specifically says that he only gives interviews in his native Italian because he is not fluent in English. This alleged interview was conducted by a German magazine and supposedly took place in London. What’s wrong with this picture?

  • The interview was opposite a photo of a woman demonstrating novel uses for a computer mouse. They were sure no one would read it.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    So … Germans read the articles in Playboy.

  • JoBe says:

    Why would Playboy Germany dare and libel two of the most prominent living men in their respective field (regardless of what one thinks of their work)? Could it be a case of “in vino veritas”?

  • Mick the Knife says:

    Well, lets see what comes of his “mandate”.

  • Spenser says:

    True story:
    My wife and I went to see “Pulp Fiction” when it first appeared in theatres.
    As the movie progressed, we looked at each other and whispered “the projectionist screwed up – he jumbled the order of the film reels. This makes no sense.”
    We went to complain to the manager and he said “I know, right? But that WAS the correct sequence of reels!”
    We haven’t seen a Tarantino film since.
    (BTW, we both love Morricone!)

    • Dan says:

      There are plenty of movies with non-linear time lines. Memento, 21 Grams, just to mention a couple. I suggest you avoid them, since you obviously don’t understand the genre.