The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone)

15 DECEMBER 1966

The movie ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ was released during this month in 1966. The third part of the 'Man with No Name Trilogy', this was a cinematic masterpiece was elevated by a genius score from Italian composer Ennio Morricone. The theme music is well known, but there are several great pieces of music throughout the movie, such as the mournful 'The Story of a Soldier' and the tense 'The Trio' (during the climactic three-way standoff). Featured here is the thrilling 'The Ecstasy of Gold', heard while Eli Wallach is running madly around the cemetery (actually a set made just for the filming of this movie) looking for the Archie Stanton grave with the hidden stash of gold.

The live performance in the above clip was directed by Morricone himself.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly