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Music in Films
Ennio Morricone, Knight Grand Cross (was born 10 November 1928) is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and former trumpet player, writing in a wide range of musical styles.
Since 1946 Morricone has composed over 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His filmography includes over 70 award-winning films, including all of Sergio Leone films since A Fistful of Dollars (including For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America), all Giuseppe Tornatore films (since Cinema Paradiso), The Battle of Algiers, Dario Argento's Animal Trilogy, 1900, Exorcist II, Days of Heaven, several major films in French cinema, in particular the comedy trilogy La Cage aux Folles I, II, III and Le Professionnel, as well as The Thing, The Mission, The Untouchables, Mission to Mars, Bugsy, Disclosure, In the Line of Fire, Bulworth, Ripley's Game and The Hateful Eight.
After playing the trumpet in jazz bands in the 1940s, he became a studio arranger for RCA Victor and in 1955 started ghost writing for film and theatre. Throughout his career, he has composed music for artists such as Paul Anka, Mina, Milva, Zucchero and Andrea Bocelli.
From 1960 to 1975, Morricone gained international fame for composing music for westerns. His score to 1966's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. With an estimated 10 million copies sold, Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the best-selling scores worldwide.
He also scored seven westerns for Sergio Corbucci, Duccio Tessari's Ringo duology and Sergio Sollima's The Big Gundown and Face to Face. Morricone worked extensively for other film genres with directors such as John Carpenter, Bernardo Bertolucci, Mauro Bolognini, Giuliano Montaldo, Roland Joffé, Roman Polanski and Henri Verneuil. His acclaimed soundtrack for The Mission (1986) was certified gold in the United States. The album Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone stayed 105 weeks on the Billboard Top Classical Albums.
Morricone's best-known compositions include "The Ecstasy of Gold", "Se Telefonando", "Man with a Harmonica", "Here's to You", the UK No. 2 single "Chi Mai", "Gabriel's Oboe" and "E Più Ti Penso". He functioned during the period 1966–1980 as a main member of Il Gruppo, one of the first experimental composers collectives.
In 1969, he co-founded Forum Music Village, a prestigious recording studio. From the 1970s, Morricone excelled in Hollywood, composing for prolific American directors such as Don Siegel, Mike Nichols, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Warren Beatty, John Carpenter and Quentin Tarantino. In 1977, he composed the official theme for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He continued to compose music for European productions, such as Marco Polo, La piovra, Nostromo, Fateless, Karol and En mai, fais ce qu'il te plait. Morricone's music has been reused in television series, including The Simpsons and The Sopranos, and in many films, including Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.
As of 2013, Ennio Morricone has sold over 70 million records worldwide. In 1971, he received a "Targa d'Oro" for the worldwide sales of 22 million.
In 2007, he received the Academy Honorary Award "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music." He has been nominated for a further six Oscars. In 2016, Morricone received his first Academy Award for his score to Quentin Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight (2015), at the time becoming the oldest person ever to win a competitive Oscar. His other achievements include three Grammy Awards, three Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, ten David di Donatello, eleven Nastro d'Argento, two European Film Awards, the Golden Lion Honorary Award and the Polar Music Prize in 2010.
Sergio Leone, (born January 3, 1929, Rome, Italy—died April 30, 1989, Rome), motion-picture director known primarily for his popularization of the Italian “spaghetti western.”
As the son of a film industry pioneer, Leone became involved in Italian filmmaking at an early age. He worked for years as an assistant to Italian directors as well as American directors—such as Fred Zinnemann, Robert Wise, William Wyler, and Raoul Walsh—who were working in Italy.
Leone was a second-unit director on a number of productions and collaborated as a screenwriter for Nel segno di Roma (1958; Sign of the Gladiator) and Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (1959; The Last Days of Pompeii). He chose Il Colosso di Rodi (1961; The Colossus of Rhodes), a pseudo-historical epic, for his directing debut and then went on to direct a series of stylized violent westerns, including Per un pugno di dollari (1964; A Fistful of Dollars), Per qualche dollaro in più (1965; For a Few Dollars More), Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), and C’era una volta il West (1968; Once upon a Time in the West). These films were extremely successful financially, attracting large audiences throughout the world. At first they were poorly received by critics, but Leone was eventually recognized for his meticulous care for historical accuracy and his powerful sense of visual composition. The last film he completed was Once upon a Time in America (1984), a somber drama about Jewish gangsters in New York City who encounter greed, betrayal, and regret.
The Best of Ennio Morricone - Greatest Hits
1. The Ecstasy of Gold (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) 0:00 - 3:22
2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 3:22 - 6:04
3. Once upon a Time in the West 6:05 - 9:15
4. For a Few Dollars More 9:16 - 13:05
5. A Fistful of Dynamite 13:06 - 17:43
6. Cinema Paradiso - Main Theme 17:44 - 20:13
7. Chi Mai (Maddalena & Le professionel) 20:14 - 23:48
8. La Califfa - The Lady Caliph / The Queen 23:48 - 26:27
9. My Name is Nobody 26:27 - 29:37
10. L'arena (Il Mercenario - The Mercenary / A Professional Gun) 29:38 - 34:23
11. Un Monumento (I Crudeli – The Hellbenders) 34:23 - 36:55
12. Misterioso e Ostinato (Faccia a Faccia - Face to Face) 36:56 - 39:17
13. Un Amico (Revolver) 39:18 - 41:55
14. Love Theme for Nata (Cinema Paradiso) 41:55 - 46:03
15. Romanzo (1900 - Novecento) 46:04 - 50:12
16. Romanza Quartiere (Quartiere) 50:12 - 53:51
17. Il Figlio e la Nostalgia (The Law of the Desert) 53:52 - 57:41
18. Ninna Nanna per Adulteri (Cuore di Mamma) 57:41 - 01:00:45
19. Watch Chimes - Carillon's Theme (For a Few Dollars More) 01:00:45 - 01:01:57
20. Tradimento Primo (Tepepa) 01:01:58 - 01:04:13
21. Run, Man, Run (The Big Gundown) 01:04:13
Ennio Morricone - Best tracks (Best movie soundtrack)
L'assoluto naturale 00:00:05
Metti una sera a cena 00:03:45
Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto 00:08:12
Piume di cristallo 00:12:44
Come un madrigale 00:17:57
4 mosche di velluto grigio 00:21:35
Anche se volessi lavorare che faccio? 00:24:51
La Cosa Buffa 00:29:29
L'ultimo atto 00:32:36
L'ultimo treno della notte 00:35:38
Giù la testa 00:41:01
Marcia degli accattoni 00:45:18
La donna della domenica 00:50:12
Accadde a Venezia 00:53:34
La moglie più bella 00:56:09
Così come sei 00:58:21
Il Gatto 01:02:07
Il Giocattolo 01:05:15
Un sacco bello 01:10:06
Bianco Rosso e Verdone 01:13:34
Sergio Leone, one of the greatest movie directors of all time wonderfully soundtracked by his friend Maestro Ennio Morricone.
1. Watch Chimes 0:00
2. The Ecstasy of Gold - feat. Edda Dell'Orso 1:08
3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4:28
4. A Fistful of Dollars - Main Theme 7:09
5. Once Upon a Time in the West - feat. Edda Dell'Orso 10:06
6. For a Few Dollars More 13:13
7. A Fistful of Dynamite - feat. Edda Dell'Orso 17:03
8. The Sundown 21:42
9. My Name is Nobody 23:00
10. The Wild Horde 26:08
11. Man with a Harmonica 28:49
12. A Fistful of Dollars - Prima 32:18
13. The Trio 34:07
14. The Strong 41:22
15. Farewell Cheyenne 43:46
16. Jill 46:24
17. My Fault? 48:10
18. Chapel Shootout 52:57
19. Good Luck, Jack 55:16
21. To el Paso
23. Final Duel 1:00:19
24. The Bird's Tale 1:02:46
25. The Story of a Soldier 1:03:38
26. Father Ramirez 1:07:08
27. Two Against Five 1:10:46
28. Prison Break 1:18:08
29. My Name is Nobody - Version 2 1:20:50
30. A Dimly Little Room 1:29:40
Ennio Morricone - Maddalena
1971 was a vintage year for Morricone, with this neglected soundtrack being the pick of the bunch. Whilst the Jerry Kawalerowicz’ art house effort it was scored for remains little seen, it features two of Morricone’s finest pieces in ‘Come Maddalena’ and ‘Chi Mai’, both of which still find their way into his live concerts, and in the case of ‘Chi Mai’, have been continually reused in TV and film.
‘Come Maddalena’ is a slow building tour de force of melancholy and euphoria, and shows many of Morricone’s collaborators at their most inspired- Vincezo Restuccia’s drumming, the melodic and dissonant choral works of Edda Dell’Orso and Alessandro Alessandroni’s Il Cantori Moderni, and the arrangements of Bruno Nicolai. A soundtrack that casts traditional elements of the orchestra in a surreal and erotic hue.
Ennio Morricone – OST: Maddalena [1971/2011]
1. Come Maddalena - 9:13/
2. Chi Mai - 3:36
3. Una Donna Da Ricordare - 4:20/
4. Chi Mai (Versione Italiana)(Vocals: Lisa Gastoni) - 3:26/
5. Pazzia In Cielo - 9:49/
6. Maddalena (Intermezzo Per Pianoforte) - 2:50/
7. Chi Mai (Versione Singolo) - 3:28/
8. Erotico Mistico - 9:50/
9. Chi Mai (Versione Francese) (Vocals: Lisa Gastoni) - 3:26/
10. Pazzia In Cielo (Part 2) - 9:49/
11. Erotico Mistico (Part 2) - 8:20/
12. Chi Mai (Versione Inglese) (Vocals: Lisa Gastoni) - 3:28/
13. Come Maddalena (Versione 12'' Maxi Disco 78) - 6:38
Adapted By [Uncredited]: Ennio Morricone (tracks: 13)
Choir: I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
Choir [Uncredited]: I Bambini Di Renata Cortiglioni (tracks: 1, 3, 11, 13)
Composed By: Ennio Morricone
Conductor: Bruno Nicolai (tracks: 1 to 12), Ennio Morricone (tracks: 13)
Mastered By: Claudio Fuiano, Daniel Winkler
Organ [Uncredited]: Bruno Nicolai
Percussion: Vincenzo Restuccia
Producer: Juan Angel Saiz
Vocals: Lisa Gastoni (tracks: 4, 9, 12)
Voice: Edda dell'Orso
1964 Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone)
1965 Per qualche dollaro in più (Sergio Leone)
1966 Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (Sergio Leone)
1967 Da uomo a uomo
1968 C’era una volta il West (Sergio Leone)
1970 Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto
1971 A fistul of Dynamite (Sergio Leone)
1973 Il mio nome è Nessuno (Sergio Leone)
1981 Le professionnel
1982 The Thing
1984 Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone)
1985 Red Sonja
1986 La piovra
1986 The Mission
1987 The Untouchables
1988 Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore)
1990 Stanno tutti bene (Giuseppe Tornatore)
1994 Una pura formalita (Giuseppe Tornatore)
1995 L’uomo delle stelle (Giuseppe Tornatore)
1998 The Legend of 1900 (Giuseppe Tornatore)
2000 Malèna (Giuseppe Tornatore)
2002 Riplley’s Game
2006 La Sconosciuta (Giuseppe Tornatore)
2009 Baarìa (Giuseppe Tornatore)
2012 Django Unchained
2013 La migliore offerta (Giuseppe Tornatore)
2015 The Hateful Eight
2016 La Corrispondenza (Giuseppe Tornatore)
The Dollars Trilogy
The Dollars Trilogy (Italian: Trilogia del dollaro), also known as the Man with No Name Trilogy, is an Italian film series consisting of three Spaghetti Western films directed by Sergio Leone.
The films are titled A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars (Italian: Per un pugno di dollari, lit. 'For a Fistful of Dollars' titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars) is a 1964 Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role, alongside Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, José Calvo, Antonio Prieto, and Joseph Egger.
Released in Italy in 1964 and then in the United States in 1967, it initiated the popularity of the Spaghetti Western genre. It was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are known as the "Dollars Trilogy", or "The Man with No Name Trilogy". All three films were later released in sequence in the United States in 1967, catapulting Eastwood into stardom.
A Fistful of Dollars - Clint Eastwood - Dollars Trilogy Part 1
A Fistful of Dollars - Ennio Morricone
02:54 Almost Dead
04:30 Square Dance
05:58 The Chase
08:18 The Result
10:49 Without Pity
12:51 Theme from "A Fistful of Dollars"
14:34 A Fistful of Dollars Suite
For a Few Dollars More
For a Few Dollars More (Italian: Per qualche dollaro in più) is a 1965 spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone. It stars Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef as bounty hunters and Gian Maria Volontè as the primary villain. German actor Klaus Kinski plays a supporting role as a secondary villain. The film was an international co-production among Italy, West Germany, and Spain. The film was released in the United States in 1967, and is the second part of what is commonly known as the Dollars Trilogy, following A Fistful of Dollars and preceding The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The films catapulted Eastwood and Van Cleef into stardom.
Film historian Richard Schickel, in his biography of Clint Eastwood, believed that this was the best film in the trilogy, arguing that it was "more elegant and complex than A Fistful of Dollars and more tense and compressed than The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Director Alex Cox considered the church scene to be one of "the most horrible deaths" of any Western, describing Volontè's Indio as the "most diabolical Western villain of all time."
For a Few Dollars More - Clint Eastwood - Dollars Trilogy Part 2
For A Few Dollars More - Soundtrack Suite - Ennio Morricone
Conducted by Ennio Morricone & Bruno Nicolai.
Whistle & Guitar, Alessandro Alessandroni
Edda Dell'Orso, Female Voice
Nicola Culasso, Trumpet
I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni, Chorus
00:00 = "Per Qualche Dollaro In Più"
02:45 = "Tucumcari"
03:22 = "Monco Shoots Some People"
03:33 = "Monco Leaves White Rock / El Indio"
04:41 = "Duel In The Church"
05:57 = "Mortimer Lights Match On Wild"
07:09 = "Riding Scenes Around El Paso"
09:17 = "Bank Robbery In El Paso and Escape"
10:58 = "Mortimer Faces Indio"
11:55 = "Nino Wakes Up Cuchillo"
12:12 = "The Final Duel"
14:05 = "Mortimer's Revenge Fulfilled"
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italian: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, lit. "The good, the ugly, the bad") is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in their respective title roles. Its screenplay was written by Age & Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni and Leone (with additional screenplay material and dialogue provided by an uncredited Sergio Donati), based on a story by Vincenzoni and Leone.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is now seen as one of the greatest and most influential Western movies.
Director of photography Tonino Delli Colli was responsible for the film's sweeping widescreen cinematography, and Ennio Morricone composed the film's scoreincluding its main theme.
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Clint Eastwood - Dollars Trilogy Part 3
Ennio Morricone - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
00:00:00 Il buono il brutto il cattivo (titoli)
00:02:42 Il tramonto
00:05:44 Fuga a cavallo
00:06:53 Il ponte di corde
00:08:48 Il forte
00:13:40 Il deserto
00:18:58 La carrozza dei fantasmi
00:21:09 La missione san antonio
00:23:30 Padre Ramirez
00:29:21 La storia di un soldato
00:34:35 Il treno militare
00:36:00 Fine di una spia
00:37:18 Il bandito monco
00:40:03 Due contro cinque
00:43:52 Marcetta senza speranza
00:45:42 Morte di un soldato
00:48:51 L'estasi dell'oro
00:52:15 Il triello
Death Rides a Horse
Death Rides a Horse (Italian: Da uomo a uomo, lit. 'As man to man') is an 1967 Italian Spaghetti Western directed by Giulio Petroni.
Death Rides a Horse
Ennio Morricone - Death Rides a Horse - Vocal Version
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West (Italian: C'era una volta il West) is a 1968 epic Spaghetti Western film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone. It stars Henry Fonda, cast against type, as the villain, Charles Bronson as his nemesis, Claudia Cardinale as a newly widowed homesteader, and Jason Robards as a bandit. The screenplay was written by Sergio Donati and Leone, from a story by Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci and Leone. The widescreen cinematography was by Tonino Delli Colli, and the acclaimed film score was by Ennio Morricone.
Once Upon a Time in the West
Ennio Morricone - Upon a Time in the West
00:00:00 C'era una volta il west
00:04:46 Il grande massacro
00:07:26 Arrivo alla stazione
00:10:46 L'america di jill
00:16:00 La posada no. 1
00:17:39 Un letto troppo grande
00:24:04 La posada no. 2
00:25:39 La posada no. 3
00:28:10 Sul tetto del treno
00:29:30 L'uomo dell'armonica
00:33:00 In una stanza con poca luce
00:42:48 Ritorno al treno
00:45:21 Come una sentenza
00:48:29 Duello finale
00:52:04 L'ultimo rantolo
00:53:48 Nascita di una città
00:58:13 Addio a cheyenne
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Italian: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto) is a 1970 Italian crime drama film directed by Elio Petri. It is a dramatic, psychological, black-humored satire on corruption in high office, telling the story of a top police officer who kills his mistress, and then tests whether the police would charge him for this crime. He begins manipulating the investigation by planting obvious clues while the other police officers ignore them, either intentionally or not. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Ennio Morricone - Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto
Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto 00:02
Taglio primo 03:28
Miraggio secondo 05:35
Indagine insabbiata 08:57
Taglio secondo 11:03
Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto 12:27
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) ORIGINAL TRAILER
Duck, You Sucker!
Duck, You Sucker! (Italian: Giù la testa, lit. "Duck Your Head"), also known as A Fistful of Dynamite and Once Upon a Time… the Revolution, is a 1971 Italian epic Zapata Western film directed and co-written by Sergio Leone and starring Rod Steiger, James Coburn and Romolo Valli.
Set during the Mexico Revolution of the 1910s, the film tells the story of Juan Miranda, an amoral Mexican outlaw, and John Mallory, an ex-Irish Republican Army revolutionary. After they accidentally meet under less-than-friendly circumstances, Juan and John involuntarily become heroes of the Revolution despite being forced to make heavy sacrifices.
It is the second film of what is sometimes referred to as Leone's Once Upon a Time Trilogy, which includes the previous Once Upon a Time in the West and the subsequent Once Upon a Time in America, released thirteen years later. The last western film directed by Leone, it is considered by some to be one of his most overlooked films.
ENNIO MORRICONE - A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE
A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE - TRAILER
My Name Is Nobody
My Name Is Nobody (Italian: Il mio nome è Nessuno) is a 1973 western comedy film starring Terence Hill and Henry Fonda. The film was directed by Tonino Valerii. Based on an idea by Sergio Leone.
Ennio Morricone - My Name is Nobody - Il Mio Nome E' Nessuno - Soundtrack
1. My Name is Nobody - Il Mio Nome è Nessuno (Main Theme)
2. Good Luck, Jack - Buona Fortuna Jack
3. The Wild Horde - Mucchio Selvaggio
4. My Fault? - Se sei Qualcuno è Colpa Mia
5. With Best Wishes - Con I Migliori Auguri
6. A Dangerous Barber - Uno Strano Barbiere
7. Valkyries - Più Delle Valchirie
8. An Unusual Welcome - Un Insolita Attesa
9. Duel in the Mirror-Cabinet - Balletto Degli Specchi
10. The Bird's Tale - La Favola dell'Uccellino
My Name Is Nobody - Trailer
My Name Is Nobody
The Professional (original title: Le Professionnel) is a 1981 French action film directed by French director Georges Lautner, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly and Robert Hossein, based on the award-winning 1976 novel Death of a Thin-Skinned Animal by Patrick Alexander.
The film was a wide commercial success upon its theatrical release, with 5,243,559 tickets sold, making it the fourth most watched feature film in France in 1981 behind La Chèvre, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Fox and the Hound.
The music was composed by Ennio Morricone and the theme music "Chi Mai".
The Professional - Soundtrack Suite - Ennio Morricone
The Professional - Trailer
The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter and written by Bill Lancaster. Based on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There?, it tells the story of a group of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter the eponymous "Thing", a parasitic extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates, then imitates other organisms. The group is overcome by paranoia and conflict as they learn that they can no longer trust each other and that any one of them could be the Thing. The film stars Kurt Russell as the team's helicopter pilot, R.J. MacReady, and features A. Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, and Thomas Waites in supporting roles.
The Thing was released in 1982 to very negative reviews. It was described as "instant junk", "a wretched excess", and proposed as the most hated film of all time.
The film found an audience when released on home video and television. In the years since, it has been reappraised as one of the best science fiction or horror films ever made, and has gained a cult following.
The Thing - Ennio Morricone
A1. Humanity, Part I (00:00)
A2. Shape (07:00)
A3. Contamination (10:22)
A4. Bestiality (11:30)
A5. Solitude (14:32)
A6. Eternity (20:34)
B1. Wait (26:08)
B2. Humanity, Part II (32:39)
B3. Sterilization (39:56)
B4. Despair (45:08)
The Thing (1982) Trailer
Once Upon a Time in America
Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. The film is an Italian-American venture produced by The Ladd Company, Embassy International Pictures, PSO Enterprises, and Rafran Cinematografica, and distributed by Warner Bros. Based on Harry Grey's novel The Hoods, it chronicles the lives of best friends David "Noodles" Aaronson and Maximilian "Max" Bercovicz as they lead a group of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence as Jewish gangsters in New York City's world of organized crime. The film explores themes of childhood friendships, love, lust, greed, betrayal, loss, broken relationships, together with the rise of mobsters in American society.
It was the final film directed by Leone before his death five years later, and the first feature film he had directed in 13 years. The cinematography was by Tonino Delli Colli, and the film score by Ennio Morricone. Leone originally envisaged two three-hour films, then a single 269-minute (4 hours and 29 minutes) version, but was convinced by distributors to shorten it to 229 minutes (3 hours and 49 minutes). The American distributors, The Ladd Company, further shortened it to 139 minutes, and rearranged the scenes into chronological order, without Leone's involvement. The shortened version was a critical and commercial flop in the United States, and critics who had seen both versions harshly condemned the changes that were made. The original "European cut" has remained a critical favorite and frequently appears in lists of the greatest gangster films of all time.
Ennio Morricone - Once Upon A Time In America [Soundtrack]
00:00 Once Upon A Time In America
05:56 Deborah's Theme
10:24 Childhood Memories
13:51 Amapola (Part I)
20:53 Prohibition Dirge
25:18 Cockeye's Song
29:43 Amapola (Part II)
32:54 Childhood Poverty
34:39 Photographic Memories
37:10 Friendship & Love
43:57 Deborah's Theme : Amapola
50:17 Suite from Once Upon A Time In America
01:03:53 Poverty (Temp. Version)
01:07:25 Unused Theme I
01:12:16 Unused Theme II
Deborah's Theme - Celine Dion, Ariana Grande & Andrea Bocellit