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You would think that everyone would enjoy working with famed director . Just don't count composer as one of those people.

The two worked together on numerous Tarantino movies, including Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained (though "worked" might be used loosely in the latter case, as you'll see below), but now Morricone says he never wants to collaborate together again, on anything.

As THR reports, the legendary composer was candid and critical in a lecture for students at Rome's LUISS University, and boy, did he ever not pull punches:

I wouldn’t like to work with him again, on anything. He said last year he wanted to work with me again ever since Inglourious Basterds, but I told him I couldn't, because he didn’t give me enough time. So he just used a song I had written previously.

But the biggest slam that Morricone lays down on Tarantino is to upend the idea that he's an iconic director as much for how he utilizes music than how he utilizes imagery, saying Tarantino "places music in his films without coherence" and that "you can't do anything with someone like that." Ouch. I wonder if Tarantino needs aloe for that burn.

For the record, Morricone isn't a fan of Django, either: "To tell the truth, I didn't care for it. Too much blood."

It's one thing when someone who doesn't know a director bashes his or her work, but it's quite another when someone that director has long collaborated with suddenly decides they've had enough and can no longer work with that director. And this guy is literally a legend in Hollywood, with over 500 scores to his name. Simply put, he knows his ish and has rarely spoken out about the people he's collaborated with, so I'm more inclined to take the criticism more seriously than I normally would. The fingerprints of Morricone's sound are all over Tarantino's films of the past few years, and while Tarantino can almost certainly dip into the vault of Morricone's work (as we can only assume a bulk of it is owned by the record companies), it will still be interesting to see how things change with a new music man holding the baton.

Personally, I like that Tarantino always tries to change things up, but I do feel that he sometimes tries to force music into his pictures at points where it just does not work, simply for the sake of being edgy. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.



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