It’s safe to say that Quentin Tarantino is one of the greatest filmmakers of the past few decades and that some of his films can be regarded as among the greatest of all time. We can also agree that Ennio Morricone can be regarded as one of the greatest film composers of all time having composed scores for many films throughout his illustrious career.
Having composed scores for Sergio Leone’s iconic westerns such as A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and who could forget The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Morricone also composed the score Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, earning him an Oscar. However, it seems that Morricone isn’t a big fan of Tarantino and has some pretty scathing things to say about the director.
In an interview with the German edition of Playboy (via Variety), Morricone slammed the s–t out of Tarantino, calling his films “trash”. He criticized his working-style and lack of originality, saying:
“(Tarantino) is absolutely chaotic. He talks without thinking, he does everything at the last minute. He has no idea, he calls up out of the blue and wants a complete score in just a few days. That’s not possible. It makes me so mad, I’m not going to put up with this. And I told him so last time.”
Yeah, so his work-style isn’t exactly fantastic but we can all agree his films are awesome right. NO! says Morricone. A lot of people may consider Tarantino a master that can be ranked among the greatest but it looks like Morricone doesn’t share the same sentiment. He said:
“The man is a cretin. He only steals from others and puts stuff back together again. There’s nothing original about that. That doesn’t make him a director, he is nothing compared with the Hollywood greats, such as John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock or Billy Wilder. They had class. Tarantino simply recooks old dishes.”
Grandpa Morricone doesn’t exactly share the same feeling a lot of young whippersnappers do but that’s cool cause he is no doubt a legend so he can probably say whatever he wants and people would still be chill about it. It would be interesting to hear what Tarantino has to say about this but one can’t deny that Tarantino has “borrowed” plenty of stuff from other filmmakers which made his films the gems they are today.