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Riz Ortolani is a Actor, Sound and Compositor Italien born on 25 march 1926 at Pesaro (Italie)

Riz Ortolani

Riz Ortolani
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Birth name Riziero Ortolani
Nationality Italie
Birth 25 march 1926 at Pesaro (Italie)
Death 23 january 2014 (at 87 years) at Rome (Italie)

Riziero "Riz" Ortolani (born 4 September 1931 in Pesaro, Italy) is an Italian film composer.

In the early 1950s Ortolani was founder and member of a jazz band of national Italian renown. His first score he wrote for the 1962 Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti pseudo-documentary Mondo Cane, whose main title-song More earned him a Grammy and also was 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 world famous 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 giallo, spaghetti westerns, Eurospy, exploitation and mondo films.

Other films Ortolani has scored 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 first series of famous La Piovra (Octopus, 1984).

Scores of Riz Ortolani have recently been featured in Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969 (1999), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Drive (2011) and Django Unchained (2012).


Au début des années 1950, Ortolani quitte Pesaro pour s'installer à Rome, et rencontre le succès en dirigeant un orchestre symphonique-jazz. Il compose sa première musique pour le cinéma en 1962, pour le pseudo-documentaire de Paolo Cavara et Gualtiero Jacopetti, Mondo cane, dont la chanson-titre More lui vaut un Grammy et est également nommée aux Oscars. D'autres musiques très célèbres sont celles de O Cangaçeiro en 1970 et du terrible Cannibal Holocaust en 1980.

Ortolani a composé pour plus de 200 films, dont des westerns spaghetti ou européens comme Les Cavaliers rouges (Allemagne, 1964), et pour tous les genres.

Certaines de ses musiques ont été reprises dans les Kill Bill et Django Unchained de Quentin Tarantino, ainsi que dans Drive de Nicolas Winding Refn.

Best films

Madron (1970)
(Original Music Composer)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Riz Ortolani (155 films)

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The Youngest Son, 1h45
Directed by Pupi Avati
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Christian De Sica, Luca Zingaretti, Laura Morante, Nicola Nocella, Alessandra Acciai, Massimo Bonetti
Roles Music
Rating59% 2.9692.9692.9692.9692.969
Luciano Baietti (Christian De Sica) is a man who has always taken advantage of the weakness of character of his wife Fiamma (Laura Morante) and his two sons Paul and Baldo. In fact, he, getting with deception, cheating, fraud and tax evasion for hotels and restaurant chains and small corporations, which now has abandoned his wife and children after marriage, psychologically destroying Fiamma and Baldo. Paul is the only one who has overcome the trauma, harboring a deep hatred of true parent and repeatedly threatened with death. After about twenty years of marriage, Luciano finds himself in trouble for all the tricks he did with his secretaries and Sticker Pillar who trust him blindly, and now must find a way out. Will find it in his youngest son Baldo which although has which 20 years is still a big kid dominated by the mother, who tries to rebuild his life creandosi a poor musical group of which he is the singer together with an old friend, but also his brother who treated as a mental patient. So Baldo, believing that review after so many years, the beloved father was invited to his villa why are headed all the properties and buildings that his father bought the scam. However, Luciano, who hopes to be saved from disaster by a second marriage is discovered, the wedding go awry, and he was arrested by the police. Baldo increasingly confused and desperate to return home to his family, and soon also joins Luciano, now reduced to a pauper after release from prison.
Giovanna's Father, 1h44
Directed by Pupi Avati
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, War
Actors Silvio Orlando, Francesca Neri, Alba Rohrwacher, Ezio Greggio, Serena Grandi, Paolo Graziosi
Roles Music
Rating66% 3.3494653.3494653.3494653.3494653.349465
In Bologna in the late '30s, Michele Casali (Silvio Orlando) teaches design at the same institute where his daughter Giovanna (Alba Rohrwacher) studies. Michele is a loving father but overprotective. He does not recognize the mental health problems of his daughter, and can not save her from a tragic fate, when she is locked in a mental institution after killing her best friend.
The Hideout, 1h40
Directed by Pupi Avati
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Laura Morante, Rita Tushingham, Treat Williams, Burt Young, Yvonne Sciò, Sydne Rome
Roles Original Music Composer
Rating60% 3.003593.003593.003593.003593.00359
Venue dans la ville de Davenport pour y ouvrir un restaurant, une séduisante italienne se voit obligée d'interrompre ses projets en raison du suicide de son mari. Souffrant d'une grave dépression, cette femme est internée dans un hôpital psychiatrique du Minnesota. Elle y restera pendant 15 ans. Après cette longue hospitalisation, elle décide, à présent qu'elle est guérie, de reprendre son ancien projet. Elle trouve de nouveaux locaux pour son restaurant, un ancien couvent de bonnes sœurs. Mais elle découvre qu'à cet endroit, il y a à peu près cinquante ans, deux dames riches et une bonne sœur sont mortes dans des circonstances mystérieuses.
The Second Wedding Night
Directed by Pupi Avati
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Antonio Albanese, Neri Marcorè, Angela Luce, Marisa Merlini, Toni Santagata, Valeria D'Obici
Roles Original Music Composer
Rating65% 3.2859153.2859153.2859153.2859153.285915
Premières années de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Liliana restée veuve le lendemain de son mariage est en difficultés financière et est obligée de quitter Bologne avec son fils Nino, un voleur qui n'a pas hésité à exploiter sa mère, volé une voiture, avec tous les bagages attachés, à une famille qui l'avait engagé comme chauffeur. Elle écrit à son beau-frère Giordano pour lui demander de l'aide: Giordano lui répond en lui avouant un amour pour elle qui remonte à son adolescence, avant le mariage avec son frère.
But When Do the Girls Get Here?
Directed by Pupi Avati
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy-drama
Actors Claudio Santamaria, Vittoria Puccini, Paolo Briguglia, Eliana Miglio
Roles Music
Rating63% 3.1849653.1849653.1849653.1849653.184965
Gianca est un saxophoniste de jazz, passionné comme son père, depuis son plus jeune âge. Nick est un jeune talent de la trompette passionné de Clifford Brown.
Christmas Rematch, 1h39
Directed by Pupi Avati
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Diego Abatantuono, Gianni Cavina, Alessandro Haber, Carlo Delle Piane, George Eastman, Eliana Miglio
Rating67% 3.3931753.3931753.3931753.3931753.393175
In Piedmont, the old friends once: Franco, Lele, Stefano and Ugo are reviewing for the Christmas holidays. Franco, who was defeated 18 years before, is now a great industrialist and film producer, and he's going to have the rematch of the game of many years ago. Initially, during the poker game, Franco loses many euros, however after a while, he takes manages to score as many points. At the end of the game his friends're leaving defeated, and Franco realizes he's left alone because of a game, because now he has lost the esteem of his dear comrades.
Incantato (2003)
, 1h47
Directed by Pupi Avati
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, La cécité
Actors Neri Marcorè, Vanessa Incontrada, Sandra Milo, Nino D'Angelo, Giancarlo Giannini, Giulio Bosetti
Roles Original Music Composer
Rating65% 3.2918353.2918353.2918353.2918353.291835
Nello, jeune professeur de latin et grec, mais adolescent attardé, est envoyé par ses parents à Bologne pour se trouver une épouse. Il se fait piéger par une ravissante aveugle.
P.O. Box Tinto Brass, 1h21
Directed by Tinto Brass
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Tinto Brass, Cinzia Roccaforte
Rating51% 2.567582.567582.567582.567582.56758
Tinto Brass and his secretary Lucia (Cinzia Roccaforte) are in the Venice office of the director. Lucia reads letters (one accompanied by a videocassette) sent to Brass by seven of his female fans from around Italy and they reflect on these women's sexual fantasies. Tinto Brass uses his own name and is mentioned as an erotic film master.
Nefertiti: Daughter of the Sun, 1h8
Directed by Guy Gilles
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Actors Ben Gazzara, Michela Rocco di Torrepadula, François Negret, Antonella Lualdi, Paul Blain, Daniel Duval
Rating55% 2.7753452.7753452.7753452.7753452.775345
The film follows the theory that Nefertiti was a princess of the Mitanni, sent to marry Pharaoh Amenhotep III, then taken by Akhenaten as his wife. The plot is based on the desire for an archaeologist to find a means revive himself several millennia after his death.
The Voyeur
The Voyeur (1994)
, 1h37
Directed by Tinto Brass
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Erotic, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Katarzyna Kozaczyk, Martine Brochard, Antonio Salines, Tinto Brass
Roles Music
Rating54% 2.7499152.7499152.7499152.7499152.749915
Dodò (Francesco Casale) is a Roman university lecturer who is of ripe age and prominent standing but his life is still under the mandate of his father Alberto (Franco Branciaroli), a retired professor and mature womaniser currently bedridden due to a fracture and living with his nurse Fausta (Cristina Garavaglia). His relationship with his father is further traumatised by Dodò's affliction for his deceased mother. Dodò is married to voluptuous Silvia (Katarzyna Kozaczyk as Katarina Vasilissa), a former student of Alberto but, one day, Silvia leaves Dodò with no obvious reason. Dodò indulges his sexual urges with getting deeper in his obsessive voyeurism. Soon, Silvia comes up with the confession of having an affair with another man. Silvia contrasts Dodò's sentimentalism with her illicit lover's raw sexuality and Dodò starts to think that the other man is actually his father Alberto.
Magnificat (1993)
, 1h50
Directed by Pupi Avati
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors Luigi Diberti, Arnaldo Ninchi, Nando Gazzolo, Vincenzo Crocitti
Roles Original Music Composer
Rating66% 3.3173253.3173253.3173253.3173253.317325
Sous les remparts d'un château médiéval du X siècle, par ordre du seigneur local, se déroule une décapitation publique. Folco, bourreau impassibles est assisté de Baino, un jeune homme encore tendre choisi comme un apprenti. Par la suite, au cours de son apprentissage, le jeune doit assister, horrifié, à une seconde exécution atroce, qui touche cette fois une jeune sorcière. Après ce « prélude », Folco et Baino se dirigent vers le couvent de la Visitation, le couvent du Magnificat, qui surplombe une vallée lointaine. D'autres pèlerins sont partis vers la même direction : Roza le favori d'un roi veut s'y rendre pour demander la grâce de pouvoir donner naissance à un héritier qui assurera la succession au trône; Margherita, une petite fille est «livrée» comme novice au couvent en échange d'un moulin; un roi libertin veut finir ses jours dans ce couvent escorté par un groupe d'enfants illégitimes; un moine voyageur se rend au monastère pour enregistrer le décès de divers membres de la communauté et meurt «non enregistré», ignoré par tout le monde; un couple marié se joint au mariage avec des représentants de l'Église et du pouvoir sous le regard d'une foule qui espionne les moments les plus intimes. Tout le monde arrive au couvent au moment des célébrations de la semaine sainte, mais seule la jeune Margherita, la « novice forcée» qui rêve de liberté entrevoit un signe du ciel d'espérance et de libération.