Riz Ortolani  

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Riziero "Riz" Ortolani (25 March 1926 - 23 January 2014) was an Italian film composer.


Early life

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). Another renowned track was his main-title for the movie O Cangaceiro (1970).

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), 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

More recent 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).


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

Selected filmography

Year Film Directed by Notes Latest CD / Digital Release
1961 Ursus in the Valley of the Lions Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia
1962 Mondo Cane Paolo Cavara, Franco Prosperi, Gualtiero Jacopetti CAM Sugar / 2021
Il Sorpasso Dino Risi
1963 The Fall of Rome Antonio Margheriti
The Virgin of Nuremberg Antonio Margheriti Quartet Records / QR231 / 2016
1964 Castle of Blood Antonio Margheriti, Sergio Corbucci Digitmovies / CDDM242 / 2014
The 7th Dawn Lewis Gilbert Film Score Monthly / FSM BOX 03 / 2008
Old Shatterhand Hugo Fregonese
The Yellow Rolls-Royce Anthony Asquith
Brandy (film) José Luis Borau, Mario Caiano
1965 The Glory Guys Arnold Laven Film Score Monthly / FSM BOX 03 / 2008
Berlin, Appointment for the Spies Vittorio Sala
Red Dragon Ernst Hofbauer
Lightning Bolt Antonio Margheriti
1966 The Spy with a Cold Nose Daniel Petrie
Maya John Berry
Africa Addio Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
1967 Tiffany Memorandum Sergio Grieco
Day of Anger Tonino Valerii GDM / GDM 2076 / 2006
Woman Times Seven Vittorio De Sica
The Chastity Belt Pasquale Festa Campanile
1968 The Biggest Bundle of Them All Ken Annakin
Bandits in Milan Carlo Lizzani
Beyond the Law Giorgio Stegani GDM / GDM 2085 / 2007
Anzio Edward Dmytryk, Duilio Coletti
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom Joseph McGrath
The Girl Who Couldn't Say No Franco Brusati
Emma Hamilton Christian-Jaque
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell Melvin Frank
Dead Men Don't Count Rafael Romero Marchent
The Last Roman Robert Siodmak, Sergiu Nicolaescu/ Andrew Marton (2nd unit)
1969 One on Top of the Other Lucio Fulci Beat Records Company / CDCR 134 / 2017
Night Of The Serpent Giulio Petroni Digitmovies / CDDM145 / 2009
1970 The Unholy Four (1970 film) Enzo Barboni
A Girl Called Jules Tonino Valerii GDM / GDM 4340 / 2014
The Adventures of Gerard Jerzy Skolimowski
Invasion Yves Allégret Quartet Records / QR443 / 2021
Say Hello to Yesterday Lucio Fulci
The McKenzie Break Lamont Johnson
Madron Jerry Hopper
1971 The Statue Rod Amateau Quartet Records / QR205 / 2015
Confessions of a Police Captain Damiano Damiani GDM / CD CLUB 7073 / 2009
The Hunting Party Don Medford
Web of the Spider Antonio Margheriti
Goodbye Uncle Tom Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi GDM / CD CLUB 7089 / 2010
1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon Franco Zeffirelli
The Valachi Papers Terence Young
Seven Blood-Stained Orchids Umberto Lenzi
The Dead Are Alive Armando Crispino Digitmovies / CDDM250 / 2014
Shadows Unseen Camillo Bazzoni
Don't Torture a Duckling Lucio Fulci Beat Records Company / CDCR 134 / 2017
The Assassin of Rome Damiano Damiani
A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die Tonino Valerii Digitmovies / CDDM293 / 2018
1973 Dear Parents Enrico Maria Salerno
Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye Antonio Margheriti
Hospitals: The White Mafia Luigi Zampa
No, the Case Is Happily Resolved Vittorio Salerno
Super Bitch Massimo Dallamano Chris' Soundtrack Corner / CSC 024 / 2018
Only Love Defies Giorgio Bontempi Quartet Records / QR240 / 2016
Teresa the Thief Carlo Di Palma
Mean Frank and Crazy Tony Michele Lupo
One Russian Summer Antonio Calenda
Counselor at Crime Alberto de Martino
War Goddess Terence Young Quartet Records / QRSCE029 / 2011
1974 There Is No 13 William Sachs
How to Kill a Judge Damiano Damiani
1975 Mondo Candido Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi Dagored / Red 113-2 / 2000
1976 Submission Salvatore Samperi
1977 Death Steps in the Dark Maurizio Pradeaux
Casanova & Co. Franz Antel as Francois Legrand
I Am Afraid Damiano Damiani
The Pyjama Girl Case Flavio Mogherini Quartet Records / QR155 / 2014
Sahara Cross Tonino Valerii
Double Murder Steno
1978 Red Rings of Fear Alberto Negrin
First Love Dino Risi
Cyclone René Cardona Jr.
1979 Tigers in Lipstick Luigi Zampa
The Fifth Musketeer Ken Annakin Quartet Records / QR268 / 2017
Neapolitan Mystery Sergio Corbucci
Mimi Florestano Vancini
From Hell to Victory Umberto Lenzi
1980 Cannibal Holocaust Ruggero Deodato Beat Records Company / DDJ 047 / 2019
House on the Edge of the Park Ruggero Deodato
1981 Madhouse Luigi Zampa
Help Me Dream Ovidio G. Assonitis
Fantasma d'amore Dino Risi Quartet Records / QR241 / 2016
Nessuno è perfetto Pasquale Festa Campanile aka Nobody's Perfect
1982 The Girl from Trieste Pasquale Festa Campanile Beat Records / CDCR145 / 2021
1983 Zeder Pupi Avati GDM / 4334 / 2021
1984 Warriors of the Year 2072 Lucio Fulci
Tuareg – The Desert Warrior Enzo G. Castellari GDM / 4336 / 2014
1985 Miranda Tinto Brass
1986 The Inquiry Damiano Damiani
1987 Capriccio Tinto Brass
The Last Minute Pupi Avati
1989 Killer Crocodile Fabrizio De Angelis Kronos Records / KRONCD020 / 2013
Massacre Play Damiano Damiani
1991 Paprika Tinto Brass
1994 The Voyeur Tinto Brass
2007 The Hideout Pupi Avati
2010 A Second Childhood Pupi Avati
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