In 1987 the movie: ‘The Mission’ deserved all the Oscars it … didn’t receive. (It lost out from Round Midnight’ and Herbie Hancock).
I saw the movie when I was seven, cried when I saw what happened to the Amazonian people and hated that the world was gray.
Today I am seriously considering using this as a theme for our space project. It has something ‘revealing’ and ‘solemn’ about it, trapped within the melancholy of being, just as our voyages into the great unknown will always be: a promise and a curse, forever bound by the unlimited potential of man. Once undressed of the lies we tell ourselves, we must accept that we bring all of us, all of I, the good and the bad, wherever we go.
We may dream “to boldly go where…” and even rise to the occasion, but in other moments, we also make the private prayer, pleading that:
In Wisdom, may our hearts point the way and our heads forever follow.
And no. Ennio Moricone did not only compose the music for the 1966 movie ‘The good, the Bad, and the Ugly’. In the year 2000 his long and fruitful career also took him on a Mission to Mars. Some describe the music as ‘meh’, others as art. Regardless, it is good to know that he also had his head in space.
Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino and Pedro Camacho followed while Stanley Kubric and William R Vaughan preceded, just as it should be.
Then again, who can forget the soundtrack for “The untouchables” or the 2015 movie “The H8teful eight”? (If you don’t know, go find out and spend some quality time). Born in Rome in 1928, Ennio is a man time is prepared to wait for.
1987: “The Untouchables”
RIP Ennio Morricone: 10 November 1928 – 6 July 2020 (aged 91), Rome, Italy