MoMA to host expansive Morricone retrospective

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The Museum of Modern Art in New York hosted a retrospective spanning the nearly 60-year career of composer Ennio Morricone. The film series took place in December and January and featured more than 35 films with 17 new digital restorations plus 35mm archival prints.

“This Ennio Morricone retrospective is the largest MoMA has ever devoted to a movie composer,” said Joshua Siegel, curator of the Department of Film at MoMA.

Among the films screened were classics like Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso,” Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars,” and “Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” One archival treasure in the lineup was a recording of a German television program from 1967 featuring Morricone performing as part of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza (“The Group”), an improvisational troupe made up of composer-musicians.

“This tribute is dedicated to the uniqueness of Ennio Morricone, an iconic Maestro whose musical compositions have been a timeless source of inspiration for countless generations,” said Nicola Maccanico, CEO of Cinecittà. “As part of this homage, we are thrilled to present the 4K restoration of Giuseppe Tornatore’s masterpiece, “Cinema Paradiso,” along with his latest documentary, “Ennio:

The Maestro.”

Music Box Films recently acquired U.S. distribution rights to Tornatore’s documentary. The film is slated for a February 9, 2024, release at New York City’s Film Forum. That release will be expanded nationwide with a VOD release to follow. We will keep you updated on exactly when the film will be available.

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About Jeannine Guilyard

Jeannine Guilyard is a longtime correspondent for Fra Noi and the Italian-American community newspaper in Rochester, N.Y. She has also contributed to the Italian Tribune of New Jersey, Italian Tribune of Michigan and L'Italo Americano of Southern California. Jeannine wrote and directed the short film "Gelsomina," which was selected for the Screenings Program of the 59th Venice Film Festival, and she won Emmy and Peabody awards as an editor of ABC's "Special Report" following the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Jeannine is also a writer and editor for Italian Cinema Today, a publication and blog she founded in 2005 to bridge culture between New York and Italy. Follow her on Instagram at Italianartcinema and on Twitter at @ItaloCinema2day.

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