Carlo Rustichelli  

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Carlo Rustichelli (24 December 1916 - November 13 2004) was an Italian film composer whose career span went from the 1940s to about 1990. He was very prolific, and his output included about 250 film compositions, as well as arrangements for other films and music for television.



He was born in Carpi, Emilia-Romagna to a family of music lovers. He gained a diploma in piano at the Bologna conservatory and then went to Rome where he studied composition at the Santa Cecilia Academy.

He had a wife (Evi), a son (Paolo who is also a composer) and a daughter (Alida).


He met Fellini in postwar Rome, and it was probably through him that he met Pietro Germi for whom he composed his first major film score for Gioventù perduta (Lost Yuth), and with whom he was most associated. He composed music for many Germi films in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

He was best known for the Academy Award-winning soundtrack to Divorce, Italian Style, another Germi film.

In 1972 he was commissioned by Billy Wilder to compose the music for Avanti! which starred Jack Lemmon and was filmed in Italy.


  • "Prolific and versatile father of Italian cinema music: Carlo Rustichelli, Film composer, 1916-2004", The Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend edition, December 4-5, 2004, p. 60

Selected filmography

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