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Other/Miscellaneous => Ennio Morricone => Topic started by: titoli on June 10, 2009, 06:56:30 PM

Title: Morricone Oscar Night
Post by: titoli on June 10, 2009, 06:56:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJDN1e_OIKw

I hadn't seen it before. Amazing his emotivity. Funny his roman accent. And bravo for not having made Berlitz richer. But if they hadn't concocted it before, Eastwood has learned his italian, even if he can't pronounce the Maestro's last name correctly after all these years.
Title: Re: Morricone Oscar Night
Post by: Novecento on June 11, 2009, 05:22:27 AM
Nice, thanks for posting  O0.

I assume Eastwood's translation was prepared in advance.

Of course he doesn't pronounce Morricone as an Italian would. Even if he could speak Italian, it would be strange for him not to pronounce it as an English speaker; it might even come across as pretentious.
Title: Re: Morricone Oscar Night
Post by: Novecento on June 11, 2009, 05:35:18 AM
My wife was watching "So You Think You Can Dance" last night (one of those reality TV shows where amateurs vie for a dancing contract)

I could have sworn one of the songs used was a remix of the main theme to DYS. By the time I made it over to the TV it was just finishing so I couldn't be sure.
Title: Re: Morricone Oscar Night
Post by: Dust Devil on June 11, 2009, 05:38:10 AM
Yes, I remember I was touched, very emotional moment.

But I also remember some of the faces in the front looking unbelievably stupid.
Title: Re: Morricone Oscar Night
Post by: titoli on June 11, 2009, 02:07:40 PM
Nice, thanks for posting  O0.

I assume Eastwood's translation was prepared in advance.

Of course he doesn't pronounce Morricone as an Italian would. Even if he could speak Italian, it would be strange for him not to pronounce it as an English speaker; it might even come across as pretentious.

Having let his countrymen assume he can understand italian, I don't think a correct pronunciation of his colleague's name would make any difference. And I don't think it would have made a difference anyway, as 90% of people there didn't know who Morricone is.
Title: Re: Morricone Oscar Night
Post by: Novecento on June 11, 2009, 03:51:57 PM
Titoli, Clint is reading from a teleprompter. Everyone in the audience knows this so no-one would be making the assumption that Clint can speak Italian.
Title: Re: Morricone Oscar Night
Post by: titoli on June 11, 2009, 04:03:27 PM
Titoli, Clint is reading from a teleprompter. Everyone in the audience knows this so no-one would be making the assumption that Clint can speak Italian.

You're probably right, though I presume few watched behind their backs to see if a teleprompter was there. And still I don't think it would have made any difference to that audience if Eastwood had pronounced the name correctly.
Title: Re: Morricone Oscar Night
Post by: Dust Devil on June 11, 2009, 04:17:43 PM
90% of them knew he was an Italian film composer, but maybe 15% of them could enumerate more than five or six scores he composed.
Title: Re: Morricone Oscar Night
Post by: Novecento on June 11, 2009, 04:33:29 PM
You're probably right, though I presume few watched behind their backs to see if a teleprompter was there. And still I don't think it would have made any difference to that audience if Eastwood had pronounced the name correctly.

Doesn't it say in one Frayling's books that John Ford gave Sergio Leone a signed photo dedicated to "Sergio Leoni". Butchering the spelling is going one step further than simply the pronunciation, although when you think of how English speakers pronounce "Leone", you can see why he spelled it that way.