Franco Micalizzi

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Franco Micalizzi (born 21 December 1939 in Rome) is an Italian composer and conductor, best known for his scores in Poliziotteschi films.

His first success was for the musical score of the spaghetti western They Call Me Trinity, in 1970. He had previously collaborated on composing with Roberto Pregadio the famous whistled western score for the film The Forgotten Pistolero (original: Il Pistolero dell'Ave Maria).[1] His main theme for the poliziottesco film Italia a mano armata was used in the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.[2]

He composed music for several more, including: The Last Hunter, Beyond the Door, The Visitor, The Last Snows of Spring, Go for It, The Curse. He frequently worked with director Umberto Lenzi, scoring among others his movies Rome Armed to the Teeth, Violent Naples, Syndicate Sadists, Brothers Till We Die, The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist, The Greatest Battle and Dèmoni 3.

In 1984 he founded the group "The Micalizzi Family" with his sons Cristiano and Alessandro.[3]

His piece "The Puzzle" appears in the soundtrack of Curb Your Enthusiasm and a slow tempo excerpt of it, re-arranged for clarinet and bassoon, is often used in the series as the "stare" theme.[4]


  1. ^ Howard Hughes. Once upon a time in the Italian West. I.B. Tauris, 2004. pp. 237–238. ISBN 1-85043-430-1. 
  2. ^ Emanuele P. (7 April 2008). "Focus on: Death Proof - A prova di morte". Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Musicisti - Franco Micalizzi". Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Curb your enthusiasm : music from the TV series. Track 15 "The Puzzle" by Franco Micalizzi". 

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