Nino Rota


Composer

About

Also Known As
Giovanni Rota, Nino Rotta
Birth Place
Milano, IT
Born
December 03, 1911
Died
April 10, 1979

Biography

Although he will always be remembered for composing the haunting music in the first two films in director Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" trilogy, during his nearly 50 year career Nino Rota was one of the most prolific Italian film composers. A classically trained composer, Rota's career began in earnest in the early 1940s and lasted until his death in 1979. During that period he ...

Notes

His score for "The Godfather" (1972) was originally one of the five films nominated for Best Original Score but was later withdrawn and declared ineligible because the composer recycled themes used in 1958's "Fortunella".

Biography

Although he will always be remembered for composing the haunting music in the first two films in director Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" trilogy, during his nearly 50 year career Nino Rota was one of the most prolific Italian film composers. A classically trained composer, Rota's career began in earnest in the early 1940s and lasted until his death in 1979. During that period he wrote 176 film scores, including several for the celebrated Italian film director Federico Fellini. In addition to the first two "Godfather" films, the second of which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1975, some of Rota's more notable works included "The White Sheik" (1952), "La Strada" (1954), and "8 1/2" (1963), all three of which were directed by Fellini. By the time of his death at age 67 in 1979, Rota, who also wrote several operas, ballets and orchestral competitions in addition to his film work, was recognized as one of the most important composers of the twentieth century

Born in Milan to a family of musicians in 1911, Rota was recognized early on as a child prodigy. He composed his first oratorio at the age of 11, a three act lyrical comedy at 13, and by 19 had graduated from Saint Cecelia Academy in Rome with a degree in composition. After a brief stay in the United States, Rota returned to his native country in 1932, having earned a degree in literature from the University of Milan in 1937, before beginning his career as a film composer in the early '40s. Having worked steadily throughout the decade, by the late '40s Rota entered an unparalleled period of productivity that would see him compose upwards of 10 film scores a year for the next three decades. In 1952 Rota scored his first film for the legendary Italian director, Federico Fellini, called "The White Sheik," and thus embarked on a long collaboration with the director. Over the ensuing decades, Rota scored several of Fellini's most celebrated works, most notably the surreal "8 1/2" (1963) and the fanciful "Juliet of the Spirits" (1965). Film directors from all over the world also took note; throughout his career Rota scored the films of Renato Castellani, Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli, King Vidor, Rene Clement and Edward Dmytrik, among several other notable international directors. Rota's most memorable films scores, however, were for "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather: Part II" (1974), the latter of which earned him his first and only Oscar for Best Original Score. Nino Rota died in 1979 from heart failure but his legacy and influence continue to be felt in the work of contemporary film composers.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Magic of Fellini (2002)
Himself
Fellini (2001)
Himself

Music (Feature Film)

The Walk (2015)
Song
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Song
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Song Performer
I'm Not There (2007)
Song
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
Song
Paranoid Park (2007)
Song Performer
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Song
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Music
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Song
Lost in Translation (2003)
Composer
Fellini (2001)
Music
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Song
Wild Man Blues (1997)
Music
Set It Off (1996)
Song Performer
Set It Off (1996)
Song
The Lion With the White Beard (1995)
Music
One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
Music
The Godfather, Part III (1990)
Music
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Song
Cousins (1989)
Songs ("Speak Softly Love" "A Time For Us")
I Soliti Ignoti... Vent'Anni Dopo (1988)
Music
Federico Fellini's Intervista (1987)
Music
Blue City (1986)
Song
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Music Composer
Hurricane (1979)
Music
Prova d'Orchestra (1978)
Music
Death on the Nile (1978)
Music
Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (1977)
Music
Caro Michele (1976)
Music
Slum Boy (1976)
Music
Amarcord (1974)
Music
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Music
The Abdication (1974)
Music
Love and Anarchy (1973)
Songs ("Song Of Anger" "Promenade" "Antonio Soffiantini")
Love and Anarchy (1973)
Music
The Godfather (1972)
Music Composition
Fellini's Roma (1972)
Music
Waterloo (1971)
Music
Fellini Satyricon (1970)
Music
Alex in Wonderland (1970)
Composer
I Pagliacci (1970)
Music
Spirits of the Dead (1969)
Music for "Never Bet the Devil Your Head" or "Toby Dammit"
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Music
Kiss the Other Sheik (1968)
Music
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Composer
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Music Composition
Shoot Loud, Louder ... I Don't Understand (1966)
Music
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
Music
Friends for Life (1964)
Music
Mafioso (1964)
Music (see note)
The Leopard (1963)
Music Score
The Condemned of Altona (1963)
Music comment
8 1/2 (1963)
Music
The Most Wanted Man (1962)
Music
The Reluctant Saint (1962)
Music
Boccaccio '70 (1962)
Music for "The Temptation of Dr. Antonio" and "The Job"
Arturo's Island (1962)
Music
The Best of Enemies (1962)
Music
Il bidone (1962)
Music
Rocco and His Brothers (1961)
Music
The Great War (1961)
Music
Purple Noon (1961)
Music
White Nights (1961)
Music
La dolce vita (1961)
Music
Under Ten Flags (1960)
Music
The House of Intrigue (1959)
Music
The Law Is the Law (1959)
Music
This Angry Age (1958)
Music
Star of India (1956)
Music
War and Peace (1956)
Music Score
The Wild Oat (1956)
Music
Mambo (1955)
Music Score
Friends For Life (1955)
Music
La Strada (1954)
Music
The Loves of Three Queens (1954)
Music
I Vitelloni (1953)
Music
The White Sheik (1952)
Music
The Pirates of Capri (1949)
Music
Obsession (1949)
Music

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Fellini (2001)
Other

Music (Special)

Andre Rieu: Romantic Moments (1999)
Music
Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Love Is in the Air (1999)
Music

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

La Strada (1954) — (Movie Clip) The Fool Will Perform Innocent Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina, directed by her husband Federico Fellini) has run away from her employer/owner (barnstorming entertainer Zampano, Anthony Quinn) and wandered into a nearby town where she sees a Catholic festival, then one of his rivals (Richard Basehart as “Il Matto,” or “The Fool”), in the worldwide hit La Strada, 1954.
La Strada (1954) -- Are You Afraid Of My Trifle? Subtitled puns and slapstick in this famous scene as low-rent itinerant strong man performer Zampano (Anthony Quinn) and Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina, the director's wife), his new assistant, performing for the first time, charm their rural Italian audience, in Federico Fellini's La Strada, 1954.
La Strada (1954) - Restoration, Opening Opening credit sequence for Federico Fellini's first international hit, La Strada, 1954, starring his wife Giuletta Masina, Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart, from the new restoration by The Film Foundation, The Criterion Collection and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
8 1/2 -- (1963) - An Impoverished Poetic Inspiration At the spa for mineral water, Claudia (Claudia Cardinale) appears to glide in before movie director Guido (Marcello Mastroianni) enters conversation with writer Fabrizio (Jean Rougeul), in Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, 1963.
I Vitelloni (1953) - Listen To This Mambo Fausto (Franco Fabrizi) and pregnant Sandra (Eleonora Ruffo) home from their honeymoon, her brother Moraldo (Franco Interlenghi), Alberto (Sordi) and the gang welcoming, then he must take a job, her father (Enrico Viarisio) having engaged a shopkeeper (Carlo Romano), in Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni, 1953.
8 1/2 -- (1963) - Don't You Recognize Me? Movie director Guido (Marcello Mastroianni) meets his mother (Giuditta Rissone) and father (Annibale Ninchi) in a dreamy sequence beginning in his bedroom, early in Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, 1963.
8 1/2 -- (1963) - Open, Down For Good The arresting opening, a film director trapped in his car, from Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, 1963, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee and Sandra Milo.
Amarcord - I Absolve You Titta (Bruno Zanin), his character based on the writer and director Federico Fellini, at confession with Don Balosa (Gianfilippo Carcano), considering "the tobacconist" (Maria Antonella Beluzzi), Gradisca (Magali Noel) and others, in Amarcord, 1973.
Amarcord - Puffballs And Spring Opening scenes from director Federico Fellini's remembrance of growing up in the seaside town of Rimini, on Italy's Adriatic coast, from the international hit Amarcord, 1973.

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Bibliography

Notes

His score for "The Godfather" (1972) was originally one of the five films nominated for Best Original Score but was later withdrawn and declared ineligible because the composer recycled themes used in 1958's "Fortunella".