for a few dollars more

for a few dollars more

Per qualche dollaro in più. Ennio Morricone

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ON THE 85TH BIRTHDAY OF ENNIO MORRICONE This film by Sergio Leone is one of the most typical of the inventive Italian genre dismissed as "spaghetti westerns. It is a sequel to the film Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) and part of a series that brought international stardom to the American former television supporting player Clint Eastwood. As usual, Morricone worked not from the finished film in post production but from a conference with Leone, who outlined to him the emotional qualities needed. The score was largely written before shooting began. In fact, Leone liked to take recordings of the themes of the individual characters to the set and play them for the actors to give them the mood. The sound is spare and highly inventive, owing little either to the old classic sound of Hollywood Westerns or the newer sound established in "The Magnificent Seven." One of the most predominant sounds in the film is a duet for high piano and celeste to represent the important image of the musical pocket watch. There is also a march with a guitar like rhythm in the middle voices, and tense percussion interludes. The themes (where the music is not primarily atmospheric) are, however, unusually lyrical and, sometimes, heroic. The orchestral sound is usually sparse, contributing to the lonely mood of the film.