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Ennio Morricone has scored the most iconic films of our time / The Big Smoke

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Music – it's an integral part of moviemaking. What would the shower scene from Psycho be without Bernard Herrmann's terrifyingly insistent violins? Would Chariots of Fire have won Best Picture in 1981 without Vangelis's gorgeous score? Would Darth Vader be as menacing without the power of John Williams' Imperial March? Would The Grand Budapest Hotel be as charming without its delightful score by Alexandre Desplat?

Star Wars, Gone with the Wind, Superman, The Third Man, the Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies, Back to the Future – classic movie music is instantly recognisable. One of the most enduring and brilliant composers is Ennio Morricone. A prolific and always resourceful musician, his compositions are often as much a part of the movie as the action. You may know more of Morricone's music than you realise. Even if you've never seen Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, you're sure to recognise the main musical theme.

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