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Nino Rota

Famed for his inspired work with director Federico Fellini, Nino Rota was one of the most prolific and acclaimed film composers of his era, with a list of soundtrack credits ranging from La Dolce Vita to Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet to Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. Born December 3, 1911 in Milan. Italy, Rota was a child prodigy who had already written an opera and an oratorio prior to his fifteenth birthday; he subsequently studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia as well as the Liceo Musicale in Bari, where from 1950 to 1978 he served as director. In 1933 Rota first entered the Italian film industry, scoring the "white telephone" romances and musicals prevalent during the era; before 1950, he composed the music for some 30 features, as well as the operas Torquemada and The Florentine Straw Hat.

With the 1952 release Lo Sceicco Bianco, Rota teamed for the first time with Fellini; their 30 year collaboration was one of the most fruitful director-composer pairings in film history, resuting in world classics including 1954's La Strada (later adapted by Rota into a ballet), 1963's 8 1/2, 1974's Amarcord and, perhaps most famously, 1960's La Dolce Vita. Launched to international prominence through his work with Fellini, Rota also began composing material for other major filmmakers including Luchino Visconti (1960's Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli), King Vidor (1956's War and Peace) and Mario Monicelli (1959's La Grande Guerra). In 1968 he scored Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, and its love theme became among his most recognized compositions; even more distinctive was his theme for Coppola's 1972 classic The Godfather. For 1974's The Godfather Part II, Rota won an Academy Award; he died on April 10, 1979. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I never knew who the composer was.
The Godfather was a classic. I grew up in the exact same environment. Its was the best childhood you could ask for. My parents are the best.
That movie depicts my childhood and brings back a ton of memories.
Calm down Stevey, maybe Polychrome is very young like dzsemplinski implies, anyway no matter how classical everyone thinks that film was it was just glorifying a bunch of hoods. You can read the book the Godfather's daughter wrote for a buck, I did. It's in the 99 cent store, complete with photos and descriptions of how Marlon Brando was begging the Godfather for some of his time to get his part all down perfect, which he refused even though Brando sent him a drink or bottle!
Maybe Polychrome is young Steven-for the love of a tap dancing god, chill dude.
what is the godfather about? seriously? have you watched it? Or read the book? Jesus Tap Dancing Christ-next time you want to expose yourself as an idiot make sure the world can see your face
What is the Godfather about, anyway?
What is a youth? Impetuous fire. What is a maid? Ice and desire. The world wags on. :~)
ingridvonpel t
A rose will bloom, it then will fade, so does a youth, so does the fairest maid. :')
I like this guy. Go Rota....
I remember this instrumental in the movie ROMEO AND JULIET in 1968. Love it. This music touched my soul as a kid and brings back memories of my own awkward youth...
spongeek85
breathtaking l y classic
sagibabe25
love this
Correction: Lawrence of Arabia was scored by Maurice Jarre.
psivisionnow
Please add Juliet of the Spirits, also a Federico Fellini film Score: lovely, Brilliant! I have an impression that N. Rota also composed the Score for Lawrence of Arabia (?) which, right or wrong, is also one that has carried one across life! katya
Great artist. Reminiscent of a madhouse.

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