As if I needed any reasons to watch any of Italian director Sergio Leone's classic westerns again, KPL's recent acquisition of 2-disc collector's editions of A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More gives me more. Once again, I find myself wandering the hallways whistling themes from these films' soundtracks, scored by Ennio Morricone early on in his legendary career. In a decade when uses for the electric guitar were stretched beyond previously known boundaries, the composer's use of it expanded its cinematic appeal - only "James Bond Theme" composer John Barry might have made a greater impact on contemporary film with his use of the instrument. Though there are many reasons for film fans - even those who think they hate westerns - to see these classics, it's the music they hear that will echo in their heads long after the movies are over.
A Fistful of Dollars