Last week, several publications breathlessly reported that Ennio Morricone, the legendary film composer responsible for The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and about a million other movies, had blasted Quentin Tarantino during a Q&A with film students, telling them that “I wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything,” and that the filmmaker, renowned for his music choices, “places music in his films without coherence.” Not surprisingly, he is now “clarifying” those comments, via the old “taken out of context” standby.
“I have a great respect for Tarantino, as I have stated several times,” the maestro wrote in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “I am glad he chooses my music, a sign of artistic brotherhood and I am happy to have met him in Rome recently. In my opinion, the fact that Tarantino chooses different pieces of music from a work in a film makes the pieces not to be always consistent with the entire work.”
“This is not a fight,” concludes EW’s Lindsay Bahr. “It’s hype and misinterpretation.” Read Morricone’s entire statement here.