Posted by: Jeff | October 22, 2009

The Trio

Morricone’s title theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly may be his most recognizable, but for my money his best work on that film was “The Trio,” which plays during the film’s climactic three-way shoot out.

I think what makes Morricone’s music so effective, particularly in the spaghetti westerns, is the way it rides the line between the earnestly emotional and the absurdly epic. Tonally, it’s an impressive balancing act. And for film geeks like us, who basically have movies playing in our heads 24/7, and whose own emotional lives can be shaped by the overwrought grandeur of the cinematic point of view (sometimes to an embarrassing degree) it’s pretty affecting stuff.

Click below the fold for an example of “The Trio” being put to relatively good use in a trailer for Kill Bill Vol. 2.



  1. Hear, hear! Of all the great scenes in the Leone/Eastwood trilogy, the stand-off in the graveyard at the end of TGTB&TU is probably my favorite (it’s one my 10 great movie moments, too: Great quick cuts from man to man to man, but it’s the music that really makes the scene, enveloping it with tension and grandeur. Particularly awesome if you like mariachi trumpet like I do.


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