Italian composer Riz Ortolani dead at 87

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Rome – Italian soundtrack composer Riz Ortolani, who won a Grammy for his “Mondo Cane” theme “More,” and whose wide range of music for movies was featured in threeQuentin Tarantino films and on the Dino Risi-directed classic “The Easy Life” (Il Sorpasso), among dozens of other titles, died in Rome on January 23.

He was 87. The cause was reportedly due to complications from bronchitis.

Born on March 25, 1926, as Riziero Ortolani, in Pesaro, Italy, the prolific composer started his career in his early twenties working as a musical arranger for the orchestra of Italian pubcaster Rai, before forming his own orchestra. During the 1950s he and his Riz Ortolani orchestra wound up in Los Angeles and  worked at famed night club Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip.

Ortolani’s career in movie soundtracks started in 1962 with Gualtiero Jacopetti’s seminal creepy exploitation docu “Mondo Cane,” which screened at Cannes.

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– Nick Vivarelli (Variety – Film News)

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