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Legendary Composer Morricone: I Won’t Work With Tarantino Again

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Legendary Composer Morricone: I Won’t Work With Tarantino Again

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Quentin Tarantino is a big fan of the legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone, but it doesn't appear the love goes both ways.

Morricone is best known for writing the scores for such classic Spaghetti Westerns as "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly," "A Fistful of Dollars" and "The Big Gundown," as well as enduring classics like "The Battle of Algiers," "Days of Heaven," and "The Mission." Tarantino has used excerpts from Morricone's scores in "Django Unchained," "Inglourious Basterds," and both volumes of "Kill Bill," but don't expect that to happen again.

In a talk with students at LUISS University in Rome, Morricone said he doesn't care for the way Tarantino uses music in his movies, declaring he "places music in his films without coherence," adding, " you can't do anything with someone like that."

“I wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything," Morricone went on to say. “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."

And Morricone didn't have kind words for Tarantino as a filmmaker. When asked if he'd seen "Django Unchained," Morricone replied, "To tell the truth, I didn't care for it. Too much blood."

The two men seemingly had a cordial relationship in the past. When the Rome Film Festival gave Tarantino a lifetime achievement award in January, Morricone was on hand to give Quentin the plaque. But Morricone's statements suggest the bromance is over between the director and the composer.