European première ‘Richard III’ on June 9

On June 9, the Flanders International Film Festival &emdash; Ghent will organise a truly unique concert by world renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone, Belgium’s National Orchestra and both the Cantabile - Rondinella and Vivente Voce choirs.

During the concert’s first part, the screening of The Life and Death of King Richard III (1912) will be accompanied with live music by Morricone. It marks the very first time that this score will be performed live in Europe. The second part of the evening consists of an anthology of the composer’s work. The event takes place on the eve of Euro 2000, the European Football Championship in Belgium and The Netherlands.

Richard III - a brief history

In 1996 the American Film Institute (AFI) received a phone call from William Buffum from Oregon. He wanted to know whether the institute was interested in a "few old movies" in his collection. Among the material was a nitrate print, in mint condition, of William Shakespeare’s The Life and Death of King Richard III (1912) a film that until this discovery had been considered lost. Even today, Richard III is the oldest American movie still available.

Ennio Morricone was then asked to compose a new score for Richard III. Comparable to scores such as the ones he wrote for The Untouchables or Novecento, the result again underlines the composer’s feel for dramatic efficiency.

Anthology from Morricone’s musical career

During the concert, Ennio Morricone will also present an anthology from his work. The programme consists of both popular as well as lesser known work from the maestro, and includes music from such films as La battaglia di Algeri (1965), Sacco e Vanzetti (1971), Indagine di un cittadino al di sopra di ogni Sospetti (1970), Pereira Declares (1996), La classe operaia va in paradiso (1971), Vittime di Guerra (1971), and Quemada (1969).

Modernity of the myth of Sergio Leone’s cinema

In this part, Morricone will conduct some of his best-known classic work, the scores he composed for such Sergio Leone films as Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), C’era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West), and Giù la testa (Duck You Sucker!).

This special concert will be concluded by music from The Mission (1986).

Practical information

This unique concert takes place on June 9, 2000, at 8pm, in Kuipke (aka Sportpaleis Ghent).

Admissions: 950 Bf, 1300 Bf, 1600 Bf, en 2000 Bf. Tickets are available at all Fnac stores in Belgium and France.

Ticket hotline 0900-00600 (in Belgium only!), and +329-2428060 (from abroad).

Reservation fee: 50 Bf,- at Fnac; 75 Bf,- (telephone + mailing).


  • 10% friends of the festival, Fnac-members, Fortis bank card holders
  • 20% students and 55+

A limited number of corporate business seat formulas are still available

ENNIO MORRICONE LIVE is a Flanders International Film Festival &emdash; Ghent production, made possible thanks to the support of Gent 1500-2000 npo.

The 27th edition of the Flanders International film festival &emdash; Ghent takes place from October 10-21, 2000.

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