Aside from anything else, there's something very peculiar about the fact that even among communist bloc states, East Germany really didn't leave a mark on cinema culture, outside of this film
We were just getting ready to record, when Bertolucci came up to me and said "Ryuichi, I don't like the intro. You need to change it." And I said "We're about to record! I can't rewrite the score in front of a 40-piece orchestra". Then he replied "Well Ennio Morricone always used to be able to". So I knew if Ennio could do it, so could I.
No idea what appeal this would have to someone who wasn't already a…