Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are Quentin Tarantino regulars, but don't expect that title to extend to composer Ennio Morricone. At least not anymore. Despite the fact that the 84-year-old Italian composer's music has appeared in the last five Tarantino films, Morricone said he "wouldn't like to work" with the director again.
"I wouldn't like to work with him again, on anything,” Morricone, whose songs were included on the "Django Unchained" soundtrack, told students at LUISS University in Rome. "He said last year he wanted to work with me again ever since 'Inglourious Basterds,' but I told him I couldn't, because he didn’t give me enough time. So he just used a song I had written previously."
Morricone decried the way Tarantino uses songs in his films, complaining that the director "places music in his films without coherence." Why this is only now bothering Morricone after five films of at least tangential work with Tarantino is unclear.
Despite Morricone's comments, however, there aren't too many hard feelings between the composer and the director who has kept his music on American screens in recent years; Morricone presented Tarantino with a lifetime achievement award at the International Rome Film Festival in early January. Tarantino has long been a fan, first trying to get one of Morricone's songs for "Pulp Fiction" back in the early 1990s. (Tarantino was rebuffed in his attempts.)
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