Ennio Morricone, the retrospective at the MoMa in New York begins

The retrospective that the Museum of Modern Art of the Big Apple dedicates to the music and life of Ennio Morricone, the great master author of memorable soundtracks who passed away on 6 July 2020 at the age of 91, was inaugurated on 1 December at the MoMa in New York.

The guests at the opening

The event, organized in collaboration with Cinecittà, will continue until January 8th. Almost forty films that were set to music by Morricone will be screened. The event, opened by the Italian consul general in New York Fabrizio Di Michele, and the deputy director of the Italian Institute of Culture Massimo Sarti, was attended by the curator of MoMA Joshua Siegel, the film critic of Rolling Stone Robert Fear and the CEO of Cinecittà Nicola Maccanico.


Special guests were the composer’s sons, Giovanni and Marco, while the public was able to enjoy musical interludes inspired by the great artist, played by the pianist Francesco Pollon. All the interventions underlined the value of Morricone’s music as a true world cultural heritage. There is unanimous opinion on the fact that even some great cinema masterpieces would not have been such without the contribution of emotions and feelings generated by the music of the Roman composer.


The first film of the festival to be screened on the opening night was New Cinema Paradiso, by Giuseppe Tornatore. The retrospective will then continue with a journey of almost 60 years in Morricone’s career. Alongside the best-known films, the festival will offer the public some lesser-known gems. Among the films, seventeen will be screened for the first time in a digitally restored version.