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Rome Film Festival and Ennio Morricone Honor Quentin Tarantino with Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 28, 2012 at 12:30PM

The seventh Rome Film Festival will honor Quentin Tarantino with a Lifetime Achievement Award on January 4, at a gala screening of "Django Unchained." Legendary composer Ennio Morricone ("Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"), who wrote an original song for "Django," will present Tarantino with the award. That's one way to get the filmmaker to show up!
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Quentin Tarantino in "Django Unchained"
Quentin Tarantino in "Django Unchained"

The seventh Rome Film Festival will honor Quentin Tarantino with a Lifetime Achievement Award on January 4, at a gala screening of "Django Unchained." Legendary composer Ennio Morricone ("Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"), who wrote an original song for "Django," will present Tarantino with the award. That's one way to get the filmmaker to show up!

Fest artistic director and spaghetti western fan Marco Muller, who has had Tarantino on his Venice competition jury, states:

"Tarantino is a profoundly American yet very European filmmaker, because the relationship he has established with cinema and its history is as analytical as it is passionate...As a result his films are both alive and vivacious to the extreme, they blast away the codes and conventions of film genres but each of them does express the spirit of his time."

Check out our TOH! review roundup of "Django Unchained" here, and Anne Thompson's discussion with film critics Eric Kohn and Carrie Rickey about the film here.

This article is related to: Festivals, Rome Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained, Ennio Morricone, Awards, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.