Riz Ortolani

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Riz Ortolani
Riz Ortolani 1955.jpg
Riz Ortolani in 1955
Born Riziero Ortolani
(1926-03-25)25 March 1926
Pesaro, Italy
Died 23 January 2014(2014-01-23) (aged 87)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Composer

Riziero "Riz" Ortolani (25 March 1926 – 23 January 2014) was an Italian film composer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ortolani was born on 25 March 1926 in Pesaro, Italy.


In the early 1950s Ortolani was founder and member of a well-known Italian jazz band. He wrote his first score for Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti's pseudo-documentary Mondo Cane, whose main title-song More earned him a Grammy and was also nominated for an Oscar as Best Song. The success of the soundtrack of Mondo Cane led Ortolani to score films in England and the United States such as The 7th Dawn (1964), The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964), The Glory Guys (1965) and The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966). Other renowned tracks were his main-title for the movie O Cangaceiro (1970) and the beautiful theme for the 1972 film The Valachi Papers directed by Terence Young and starring Charles Bronson.

Ortolani scored all or parts of over 200 films, including German westerns like Apache's Last Battle (Old Shatterhand, 1964) and a long series of Italian giallos, spaghetti westerns, Eurospy films, Exploitation films and mondo films. Notable films scored by Ortolani include Il Sorpasso (1962), Io ho paura (1977), Castle of Blood (1964), Anzio (1968), The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968), "Day Of Anger" (1970), "A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die" (1972), Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso (1972), Africa Addio (1966), Addio Zio Tom (1971), House on the Edge of the Park (1980), Cannibal Holocaust (1980), and the first series of La Piovra (1984).

Later career[edit]

More recently, his music was used on soundtracks for Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969 (1999), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Drive (2011) and Django Unchained (2012).[citation needed]

In 2013 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy.


Ortolani died on 23 January 2014 in Rome, aged 87.[2]


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