Italian composer Riz Ortolani dead at 87

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 three Quentin 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, informs. He was 87. The cause was reportedly due to complications from bronchitis. Ortolani worked with many of the top Italian directors including, besides the above mentioned Risi, Vittorio De Sica, Franco Zeffirelli, Carlo Lizzani, Alberto Lattuada, and Pupi Avati, for whom he scored the 2013-2014 TV miniseries “Un Matrimonio” (A Wedding), a recent ratings hit on RAI. The soundtrack to Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 cult slasher pic “Cannibal Holocaust,” featuring Ortolani’s opening synthesizer theme, is widely purchased. Ortolani’s explosive guitar compositions for spaghetti Westerns have featured in Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” in “Inglorious Bastards” and “Django Unchained.” Ortolani’s song “Oh My Love,” sung by his wife Katyna Ranieri, was featured in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 pic “Drive.”

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