With Quentin Tarantino in Rome to kick off the European launch of the Weinstein Co.’s “Django Unchained,” Thursday’s glitzy gala came packed with protags from the Italo genre movies he loves, and the filmmaker received a Rome Film Festival lifetime achievement nod from Ennio Morricone.
“I am used to seeing American stars, but meeting the myths of my youth is an indescribable emotion: It’s like going to a party with the gods,” Tarantino enthused at a packed presser at the Hassler Hotel, flanked by pic’s Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.
Besides Morricone, Tarantino gods from Italo pics who strutted down the red carpet of the Eternal City’s Cinema Adriano for the preem included Franco Nero, who starred in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Spaghetti Western “Django” and has a cameo in “Unchained”; Ursula Andress; Gloria Guida; Guliano Gemma; and helmer Enzo G. Castellari.
Morricone, who wrote an original track for “Django Unchained,” marking his first direct collaboration with the director, praised Tarantino for “giving great depth to the themes you depict.” Tarantino earlier in the day had refused to “waste time” replying to a Spike Lee tweet accusing him of trivializing American slavery in his latest pic. Instead, he noted that for certain scenes in his movies he has long used Morricone music taken from other films, and that those scenes are “always the ones everyone prefers.”