Composer Morricone thrills Irish movie fans
ONE of the giants of cinema, Ennio Morricone, thrilled Irish film fans at the weekend with a pair of sold-out concerts.
Almost 20,000 people saw the Italian composer conduct the 97-piece Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra and a 100-strong choir at the Royal College Kilmainham last night and on Saturday. Morricone (84), right, aired compositions from films such as 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' and 'Cinema Paradiso'.
Morricone attended a question-and-answer session yesterday at Dublin's Lighthouse Cinema. He was scheduled for a 40-minute interview with British critic Christopher Frayling, but spoke for an extra hour.
The session was followed by a screening of 'The Mission', the film that features one of his most celebrated soundtracks.