Today, legendary film composer Ennio Morricone turns 86, but he’s not just blowing out the candles and taking it easy. He’s got scores for three more movies on the way and remains one of the top tier composers in the game, not to mention a film icon. And today we have a little present for his fans, with this BBC2 documentary.
Airing in 1995, and directed by David Thompson, the 40-minute TV special rounds up filmmakers, friends, and colleagues like Brian DePalma, John Boorman, David Putnam, Gillo Pontecorvo, Sergio Leone, and Morricone himself to talk about his works and more. The composer also discusses his tricky relationship with Hollywood through the years, and you learn the background story on some of his most famous themes. While it’s not comprehensive, it’s still a nice overview of the life of the acclaimed film scorer, and worth a watch. Check it out below.