Ennio Morricone and Quentin Tarantino, it is the story of a successful collaboration. The two men worked together on the films Django Unchained in 2012 and Eight Men in 2015, which will be worth the great Italian composer an Oscar.

However, their relationship does not seem good. In an interview to the magazine Playboy German, published in the December edition, Ennio Morricone would have made the american film director, calling Quentin Tarantino “moron” who makes films trash. “He speaks without thinking, he does everything at the last minute. He calls unexpectedly and wants a full score in just a few days. He is only stealing the ideas of others to assemble them. There is nothing original to it. It does not make him a director,” he reportedly declared.

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Ennio Morricone has denied these about Sunday in a press release. “I have never expressed negative comments with regard to the Academy (the Oscars), Quentin or his films -and I never said his movies were rubbish, he says. I think that Quentin is a great director. I am very happy of our collaboration and the relationship that we have developed together. He is brave and he has a personality awesome.” Before the statements, which is attributed to him, the maestro has mentioned, then the filing of a complaint against the magazine.

“I think that Quentin is a great director. I am very happy of our collaboration and the relationship that we have developed together”

Ennio Morricone

The case could have stopped there. However, Playboy Germany decided on Monday to confirm his version of the facts. The group owner of the newspaper, Hubert Burda Media, has detailed in a press release the behind-the-scenes of the interview, led by a music journalist Marcel Anders. “We are surprised that the composer Ennio Morricone denies having given an interview (…). In fact, the meeting took place on 30 June 2018 at his home in Rome. The interview had for its object the organizer of his concerts, Semmel Concerts, which was also present. We do not understand that the words published were considered to be inaccurate”, says the press release.

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Yet another reversal of the situation, the magazine eventually retracted Tuesday. The editor in chief Florian Boitin says in a new statement that some of the quotes have been “poorly written”, without specifying which. Marcel Anders, who has interviewed big names during his career, from Leonard Cohen to Iggy Pop, has received a reprimand for have visibly transformed the words of the giant of film music. Playboy has presented its apologies to Ennio Morricone: “Until now, we considered the freelancer Marcel Anders as a renowned journalist. In the past, we had no reason to doubt his integrity and capacity.”

however, This is not the first time that the musician of the 90-year criticism of the work of Quentin Tarantino. In 2013, he claimed that he no longer wanted to work with him after their collaboration on Django Unchained because the filmmaker had used his music “without coherence”.