In the wake of master maestro Ennio Morricone’s passing this week, we look to one of his most memorable and emotionally stunning compositions in memoriam of his illustrious and unrivaled career as a musician extraordinaire. Cinema Paradiso is as profound a love letter to cinema as they come, one that captures the true magic and unifying power of the medium, as we see reverberations of emotion echo throughout an entire community, and through one young boy in particular. Giuseppe Tornatore’s ode to the art of cinema showcases an evolving culture of the hallowed screen and the congregation of the masses who pay tribute to the shining stars projected upon the holy canvas, all set to the beautifully operatic score stemming from Morricone’s ingenious musical mind. There could be no better film to sum up our feelings on the exalted experience of the cinema, as well as the music makers, and the dreamers of dreams; those magnificent movie making giants who gift us these great works of art which resonate and humble us every time we look towards the flickering light of their projected celluloid creation.
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27:09 RIP to the Greatest Film Composer, Ennio Morricone
33:26 Cinema Paradiso
The Twin Geeks · Ep. 82: Cinema Paradiso (1988)