Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | January 23, 2021

“Cinema Paradiso” and City of Adelaide. What’s the connection ?

The cult film “Cinema Paradiso” with its’ score by Ennio Morricone, including the “Love Theme” have a connection to the city of Adelaide. What is it ?

I know we have a Cafe Paradiso and a suburb called Paradise but it’s neither of them.

So cast your mind back to the Adelaide Festival in March 2012 when …..

“The Adelaide Festival’s gala opening concert at Elder Park on Friday night turned cringeworthy when noise from the Clipsal 500 intruded on Morricone’s music for 40 minutes. Adding to the embarrassment, loud crashing and smashing of bottles was clearly audible several times during the encore.

Morricone’s concert, featuring 200 musicians including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Festival chorus, in front of 5000 people was a triumph itself, with three standing ovations.

Among the works Morricone performed were The Ecstasy of Gold from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission.”

It probably wasn’t the best way for Adelaide to be connected to Morricone but that’s history for you.

Ennio Morricone’s body of work is highlighted in this extract from Wikipedia.

“Ennio Morricone (1928-2020) is widely considered as one of the most prolific and greatest film composers of all time. His filmography includes more than 70 award-winning films, all Sergio Leone’s films since A Fistful of Dollars, all Giuseppe Tornatore’s films since Cinema Paradiso, The Battle of Algiers, Dario Argento’s Animal Trilogy, 1900, Exorcist II, Days of Heaven, several major films in French cinema, in particular the comedy trilogy La Cage aux Folles I, II, III and Le Professionnel, as well as The Thing, Once Upon a Time in America, The Mission, The Untouchables, Mission to Mars, Bugsy, Disclosure, In the Line of Fire, Bulworth, Ripley’s Game, and The Hateful Eight. His score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is regarded as one of the most recognizable and influential soundtracks in history. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.”

You might like to check out your local library or other online portals to watch “Cinema Paradiso” or any of his other movies.

Another Adelaide link to Cinema Paradiso is that I have been learning the “Love Theme” from the movie and you probably guessed that’s what I’m playing in my latest video. This is another outstanding arrangement for guitar by well known Adelaide guitarist, performer and arranger Jason Waldron

I hope you enjoy.


  1. Delicious!!

  2. Hi Leigh,
    Thanks for sending this great performance of this special music from Morricone. He only died recently, but he left a great legacy.
    Best wishes

    • Hi Eric,
      Great to hear from you and thankyou for your comment on the website.

  3. Well done, Leigh. The Elder Park gig sounded like it was a smashing show. I did read about the problems. Looking forward to catching up soon.

    • Hi Bob,
      Thanks for your comment on my website.
      I’m glad you liked it.
      A reminder your next lesson is 2pm 3rd Feb (face to face).

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