Saturday 7 March 2015


Radio 4's The Film Programme looked into the history of Ennio Morricone's music for the final shootout in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars -  music that defied the bullfighter-music-like expectations of Leone and which drew on a pre-existing lullaby of Morricone's to create music so haunting that, when it reached its height, it could truly stir the heart - music of tenderness turned into operatic spaghetti western magnificence.

Actually, I'd say that the final shootout of For a Few Dollars More shows that even more clearly. If there's a better use of music in a film I've yet to hear it.

Shootouts are so last century though (if only). What we have now are 'TweetOffs'.

Sadly Ennio Morricone was unavailable to score today's epic 'TweetOff' between a British historian (more likely to be found on Channel 4 than the BBC - for reasons that will soon become apparent) an a U.S. academic.

Now we start...

The RUSI/ Brookings guy goes down, crows calling in the distance, clutching his sides. The undertaker rubs his hands. Tom Holland turns and walks away into the sunset. 

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