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Nino Rota
1911 - 1979

Nino Rota, (born December 31, 1911, Milan, Italy—died April 10, 1979, Rome), Italian composer of film scores. Rota had composed an oratorio and an opera by age 13. After studies at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute he began writing film scores. From 1950 to 1978 he served as director of the Liceo Musicale, a conservatory in Bari. In 1950 he also began his long association with Federico Fellini, for whom he would score films such as La strada (1955), La dolce vita (1960), 81/2 (1963), and Amarcord (1973). He provided scores for many other films including Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part II (1974).

The Best Nino Rota Movie Theme Songs

1. Suite (From "Amarcord") : 00:00
2. Thème principal (From "Casanova") : 05:12
3. Nile Journey (From "Death on the Nile") : 08:39
4. Suite (From "La Dolce Vita") : 11:28
5. Thème principal (From "Fellini Satyricon") : 18:39
6. Thème principal (From "Juliet of the Spirits") : 21:46
7. Otto e mezzo (From "8 1/2") : 29:08
8. The Glass Mountain (From "The Legend of the Glass Mountain") : 34:22
9. Love Theme (from "The Godfather") : 38:33
10. Fellini's Roma (From "Roma") : 42:26
11. Suite (From "La Strada") : 46:19
12. Overture (From "The Taming of the Shrew") : 52:59

Nino Rota - Music for the films of Federico Fellini

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

1.  Toby Dammit (0:00)
2.  The White Sheik (3:38)
3.  Juliet of the Spirits (6:26)
4.  8 1/2 (13:48)
5.  I Vitelloni (19:02)
6.  Il Bidone (22:05)
7.  The Nights of Cabiria (26:56)
8.  Boccaccio ’70 (33:06)
9.  Satyricon (34:35)
10. The Clowns (37:41)
11. Roma (42:04)
12. Amarcord (45:57)
13. Casanova (51:09)
14. La Dolce Vita (54:37)
15. Prova D’Orchestra (1:01:49)
16. La Strada (1:05:53)

Federico Fellini, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, he is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. His films have ranked, in polls such as Cahiers du cinéma and Sight & Sound, as some of the greatest films of all time. Sight & Sound lists his 1963 film 8½ as the 10th-greatest film of all time.

In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the Palme d'Or for La Dolce Vita, was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and won four in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. At the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, he received an honorary award for Lifetime Achievement. Besides La Dolce Vita and 8½, his other well-known films include La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, Satyricon, Amarcord and Fellini's Casanova.

1952 Lo sceicco bianco
1953 I vitelloni  
1953 L'Ennemi public n° 1  
1954 La strada 
1955 Il bidone    
1956 War and Peace
1957 Le notti bianche
1957 Le notti di Cabiria
1958 The Law Is the Law   
1959 La grande guerra 
1960 Plein soleil 
1960 La dolce vita   
1960 Rocco e i suoi fratelli   
1962 Boccaccio '70: "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio" "Il Lavoro"
1963 Il Gattopardo
1963 8½ (Otto e mezzo) 
1965 Giulietta degli spiriti  
1967 The Taming of the Shrew 
1968 Romeo and Juliet
1969 Fellini – Satyricon
1971  I clowns 
1972 Roma
1972 The Godfather 
1973 Amarcord
1974 The Godfather Part II
1976 Il Casanova di Federico Fellini 
1978 Prova d'orchestra 
1978 Death on the Nile
1990 The Godfather Part III (Carmine Coppola Music Score)

The White Sheik 
 

The White Sheik (Italian: Lo sceicco bianco) is a 1952 Italian romantic comedy film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Alberto Sordi, Leopoldo Trieste, Brunella Bovo and Giulietta Masina. Written by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano and Michelangelo Antonioni, the film is about a man who brings his new bride to Rome for their honeymoon, to gain an audience with the Pope, and to present his wife to his family. When the young woman sneaks away to find the hero of her romance novels, the man is forced to spend hour after painful hour making excuses to his eager family who want to meet his missing bride. The White Sheik was filmed on location in Fregene, Rome, Spoleto and Vatican City.

Lo sceicco bianco - Federico Fellini 

Lo Sceicco bianco - F. Fellini - 1952

Nino Rota - "The White Sheik" (1952)

The Bullocks
 

I Vitelloni ("The Bullocks") is a 1953 Italian comedy-drama directed by Federico Fellini from a screenplay by Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli. The film launched the career of Alberto Sordi, one of post-war Italy's most significant and popular comedians, who stars with Franco Fabrizi and Franco Interlenghi in a story of five young Italian men at crucial turning points in their small town lives. Recognized as a pivotal work in the director's artistic evolution, the film has distinct autobiographical elements that mirror important societal changes in 1950s Italy. Recipient of both the Venice Film Festival Silver Lion in 1953, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing in 1958, the film's success restored Fellini's reputation after the commercial failure of The White Sheik (1952).

I Vitelloni - Trailer

I Vitelloni - Federico Fellini (1953)

I Vitelloni - Nino Rota
Czech National Symphony Orchestra 

Conductor: Carl Davis

The Most Wanted Man 
 

The Most Wanted Man (French: L'ennemi public n° 1, Italian: Il nemico pubblico n° 1) is a 1953 French-Italian comedy film directed by Henri Verneuil.

Fernandel - L Ennemi Public N 1

Nino Rota - L'ennemi public n° 1 de - 1953 

The Road
 

La Strada ("The Road") is a 1954 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini from his own screenplay co-written with Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano. The film portrays a naïve young woman (Giulietta Masina) bought from her mother by a brutish strongman (Anthony Quinn) who takes her with him on the road.

Fellini has called La Strada "a complete catalogue of my entire mythological world, a dangerous representation of my identity that was undertaken with no precedent whatsoever." As a result, the film demanded more time and effort than any of his other works, before or since. The development process was long and tortuous; there were various problems during production, including insecure financial backing, problematic casting, and numerous delays. Finally, just before the production completed shooting, Fellini suffered a nervous breakdown that required medical treatment so he could complete principal photography. Initial critical reaction was harsh, and the film's screening at the Venice Film Festival was the occasion of a bitter controversy that escalated into a public brawl between Fellini's supporters and detractors.

Subsequently, however, La Strada has become "...one of the most influential films ever made," according to the American Film Institute. It won the inaugural Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1957. It was placed fourth in the 1992 British Film Institute directors' list of cinema's top 10 films.
 

La Strada - (1954) - Federico Fellini

Nino Rota - La Strada (Suite)

Il bidone
 

Il bidone ("The Drum"; also known as The Swindle or The Swindlers) is a 1955 Italian film directed by Federico Fellini. It features Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart and Giulietta Masina.

Released one year after the director's internationally successful La Strada, Il bidone continues with many of the same socially conscious, neorealist-inspired themes while minimizing the poetic realism and extravagant vitality, that is today known as "felliniesque", in favor of a more pointed political stance.

Il bidone (1955), Trailer - Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, Giulietta Masina

Nino Rota - Il bidone - 1955

War and Peace

War and Peace (Italian: Guerra e pace) is a 1956 American-Italian war drama film directed by King Vidor and written by Vidor, Bridget Boland, Mario Camerini, Ennio De Concini, Gian Gaspare Napolitano, Ivo Perilli, Mario Soldati, and Robert Westerby based on Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel of the same name. The film, released by Paramount Pictures, was produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti with a music score by Nino Rota and cinematography by Jack Cardiff.

The film stars Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Mel Ferrer, along with Vittorio Gassman, Herbert Lom, John Mills and Anita Ekberg, in one of her first breakthrough roles. It had Academy Awards nominations for Best Director (King Vidor), Best Cinematography, Color (Jack Cardiff) and Best Costume Design, Color (Maria De Matteis).

Nino Rota - War and Peace (King Vidor)
Soundtrack 1/2

Orchestra Sinfonica della Repubblica di San Marino 
Direttore: Yoichi Sugiyama  - Concerto di Natale 2009 

Nino Rota - War and Peace (King Vidor)
Soundtrack 1/2

White Nights 
 

White Nights (Le notti bianche) is a 1957 Italian film directed by Italian neorealist Luchino Visconti. The movie takes its title and basic plot from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1848 short story "White Nights."
 

Le Notti Blanche - White Night - 1957 Italian Film with English Subtitles

Nino Rota - Le Notti Bianche (1957) 

Nights of Cabiria
 

Nights of Cabiria (Italian: Le notti di Cabiria) is a 1957 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, François Périer, and Amedeo Nazzari. Based on a story by Fellini, the film is about a prostitute in Rome who searches for true love in vain.

Nights of Cabiria won the 1957 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This was the second straight year Italy and Fellini won this Academy Award, having won for 1956's La Strada, which also starred Giulietta Masina.

Nino Rota - Nights of Cabiria'

Nino Rota - Nights of Cabiria'

The Nights of Cabiria (Le notti di Cabiria) 1957 - Ending Scene

Nino Rota - Nights of Cabiria'

The Law Is the Law
 

The Law Is the Law (French: La loi, c'est la loi, Italian: La legge è legge) is a 1958 French-Italian comedy film directed by Christian-Jaque. It was entered into the 8th Berlin International Film Festival.

Toto & Fernandel - The Law Is The Law (subtitles) - 1958

Nino Rota - La legge è legge - soundtrack ((La loi, c'est la loi))

The Great War
 

The Great War (Italian: La grande guerra) is a 1959 Italian comedy-drama war film directed by Mario Monicelli. It tells the story of an odd couple of army buddies in World War I; the movie, while played on a comedic register, does not hide from the viewer the horrors and grimness of trench warfare. Starring Alberto Sordi and Vittorio Gassman and produced by Dino De Laurentiis, the film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Its crew also included Danilo Donati (costumes) and Mario Garbuglia (set designer).

It was an Academy Award nominee as Best Foreign Film. In 1999 the critics of Ciak magazine chose it as one of the 100 most important films in history. It won huge success outside Italy, especially in France.
 

La grande guerra - Nino Rota - 1959

Purple Noon 
 

Purple Noon (Original: Plein soleil) (Italian: Delitto in pieno sole) (a. k. a. Full Sun, Blazing Sun, Lust for Evil, and Talented Mr. Ripley) is a 1960 French-Italian film directed by René Clément, loosely based on the 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars Alain Delon in his first major film, along with Maurice Ronet (as Philippe Greenleaf) and Marie Laforêt (as Marge); Romy Schneider appears briefly in an uncredited role as Freddie Miles' companion, and Billy Kearns [fr] (an expatriate American actor well liked in France) plays Greenleaf's friend Freddy Miles. The film, principally in French, contains brief sequences in Italian.

Purple Noon (1960) trailer

Nino Rota - Plein Soleil (1960) 

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita (Italian for "the sweet life" or "the good life") is a 1960 Italian drama film directed and co-written by Federico Fellini. The film follows Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni), a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and nights on his journey through the "sweet life" of Rome in a fruitless search for love and happiness. La Dolce Vita won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Costumes. The film was a massive box office hit in Europe with 13,617,148 admissions in Italy and 2,956,094 admissions in France.

Nino Rota - La Dolce Vita
A1 La Dolce Vita; Titoli Di Testa; Canzonetta 
A2 Cadillac; Arriverderci Roma; Caracalla's 
A3 Via Veneto; Notturno
A4 Patricia; Canzonetta; Entrata Dei Gladiatori; Valzer
A5 Lola; Valzer; Stormy Weather
B1 Via Veneto E I Nobili
B2 Blues; La Dolce Vita Dei Nobili
B3 Notturno E Mattutino
B4 La Dolce Vita; La Bella Melanconica 
B5 La Dolce Vita Nella Villa Di Fregene; Can Can; Jingle Bells; Blues; La Dolce Vita; Why Wait 
B6 La Dolce Vita - Finale

La dolce vita - 1960 - guarda il film italiano

Purple Noon (1960) trailer

La Dolce Vita - 1960 - Fontana di Trevi 

Rocco and His Brothers
 

Rocco and His Brothers, Italian: Rocco e i suoi fratelli, is a 1960 Italian film directed by Luchino Visconti, inspired by an episode from the novel Il ponte della Ghisolfa by Giovanni Testori. Set in Milan, it tells the story of an immigrant family from the South and its disintegration in the society of the industrial North. 

The film stars Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, and Claudia Cardinale in one of her early roles before she became internationally known. The score was composed by Nino Rota.
 

Rocco And His Brothers (1960) Trailer

ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS (1960, d. Luchino Visconti)

Nino Rota - Rocco e i suoi Fratelli - 1960

1962 Boccaccio '70: "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio"  "Il Lavoro"
 

Boccaccio '70 is a 1962 Italian anthology film produced by Carlo Ponti and directed by Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica, from an idea by Cesare Zavattini. It is an anthology of four episodes, each by one of the directors, all about a different aspect of morality and love in modern times, in the style of Giovanni Boccaccio.
Le Tentazioni del Dottor Antonio (by Federico Fellini) with Peppino De Filippo and Anita Ekberg. Music by   Nino Rota.

Il Lavoro (by Luchino Visconti) with Romy Schneider and Tomas Milian. Music by Nino Rota.

Boccaccio 70 - Le ossessioni del dottor Antonio

Boccaccio 70 - Le ossessioni del dottor Antonio

Nino Rota - "Boccaccio 70" Soundtrack Suite

The Leopard
 

The Leopard (Italian: Il Gattopardo, "The Serval"; alternative title: Le Guépard) is a 1963 Italian epic period drama film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel of the same title.

IL GATTOPARDO (1963) Trailer 

Luchino Visconti’s 1963 classic “Il Gattopardo” (The Leopard)

Il Gattopardo - The Leopard - Soundtrack Suite (Nino Rota)

Nino Rota, Dances from The Leopard film, Chamber Orchestra of New York - Salvatore Di Vittorio

8 1⁄2

8 1⁄2 (Otto e mezzo) is a 1963 Italian surrealist comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini. Co-scripted by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, and Brunello Rondi, it stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director who suffers from stifled creativity as he attempts to direct an epic science fiction film. Shot in black-and-white by cinematographer Gianni Di Venanzo, the film features a soundtrack by Nino Rota with costume and set designs by Piero Gherardi.

Its title refers to its being Fellini's eighth and a half film as a director. His previous directorial work consisted of six features, two short segments, and a collaboration with another director, Alberto Lattuada, the latter three treated as "half" films.

8 1⁄2 won the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design (black-and-white). Acknowledged as an avant-garde film and a highly influential classic, it was among the top 10 on BFI The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time, ranked third in a 2002 poll of film directors conducted by the British Film Institute and is also listed on the Vatican's compilation of the 45 best films made before 1995, the 100th anniversary of cinema. It is now considered to be one of the greatest films of all time.

8 1/2 - original trailer

Federico Fellini - 8 1/2 - Harem Scene 

Nino Rota - 8½ (soundtrack)

1.La Passerella Di Otto E Mezzo  00:00
2.Cimitero - Cigolette  2:24
3.E Poi  7:58
4.L' Illusionista  10:02
5.Concertino Alle Terme  12:23
6.Nell'ufficio Di Produzione Di Otto E Mezzo  14:22
7.Ricordo d'Infanzia  17:22
8.Guido E Luisa  21:10
9.Carlotta's Galopp  24:26
10.L' Harem  26:59
11.Rivolta Nell'harem  31:31
12.La Passerella Di Addio  36:52

Juliet of the Spirits 
 

Juliet of the Spirits (Italian: Giulietta degli spiriti) is a 1965 Italian-French fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese, and Valeska Gert. The film is about the visions, memories, and mysticism of a middle-aged woman that help her find the strength to leave her philandering husband. The film uses "caricatural types and dream situations to represent a psychic landscape." It was Fellini's first feature-length color film, but followed his use of color in The Temptation of Doctor Antonio episode in the portmanteau film Boccaccio '70 (1962). Juliet of the Spirits won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1966.

Nino Rota - Giulietta degli Spiriti 

Federico Fellini - Juliet of the Spirits - Trailer

The Taming of the Shrew
 

The Taming of the Shrew (Italian: La Bisbetica domata) is a 1967 American-Italian romantic comedy film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare about a courtship between two strong-willed people. The film was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Shakespeare's Kate and Petruchio.

The Taming of the Shrew Promo - act 1 scene 1

The Taming of the Shrew Promo

The Taming of the Shrew Promo

The Taming of the Shrew Promo - Katharina's Final Speech

Nino Rota - The Taming Of The Shrew - Overture

Romeo and Juliet
 

Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romantic drama film based on the play of the same name, written 1591–1595 by famed English playwright / author William Shakespeare (1564–1616).

The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography (Pasqualino De Santis) and Best Costume Design (Danilo Donati); it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture, making it the last Shakespearean film to be nominated for Best Picture to date. Sir Laurence Olivier spoke the film's prologue and epilogue and reportedly dubbed the voice of the Italian actor playing Lord Montague, but was not credited in the film.

The most financially successful film adaptation of a Shakespeare play at the time of its release, it was popular among teenagers partly because it was the first film to use actors who were close to the age of the characters from the original play. Several critics also welcomed the film enthusiastically.

Nino Rota - Romeo & Juliet - Soundtrack Suite

Romeo and Juliet (1968) (1/4)  
Balcony

Romeo and Juliet (1968)  (2/4) |Mercutio's Death

Romeo and Juliet (1968)  (3/4) Romeo's Death

Romeo and Juliet (1968) | (4/4)
 Juliet's Death

Romeo and Juliet - Final Scene

Fellini Satyricon
 

Fellini Satyricon, or simply Satyricon, is a 1969 Italian fantasy drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini and loosely based on Petronius's work Satyricon, written during the reign of the emperor Nero and set in imperial Rome. The film is divided into nine episodes, following the scholar Encolpius and his friend Ascyltus as they try to win the heart of the young boy Gitón, whom they both love, within the film's depiction of a surreal and dreamlike Roman landscape and culture.

Nino Rota - Fellini-Satyricon 

Nino Rota - Fellini-Satyricon 

Fellini Satyricon (1969) with English Subs

Fellini - Satyricon - Official Trailer 

Fellini - Satyricon

The Clowns
 

I clowns (The Clowns) is a 1970 film by Federico Fellini about the human fascination with clowns and circuses.

 

The Clowns - Federico Fellini - Clip with English Subs

Nino Rota - "I Clowns" - Soundtrack Suite

Roma
 

Roma, also known as Fellini's Roma, is a 1972 semi-autobiographical, poetic comedy-drama film depicting director Federico Fellini's move from his native Rimini to Rome as a youth. It is a homage to the city, shown in a series of loosely connected episodes set during both Rome's past and present. The plot is minimal, and the only "character" to develop significantly is Rome herself. Peter Gonzales plays the young Fellini, and the film features mainly unknowns in the cast.

Trailer "Roma" (Fellini, 1972)

Nino Rota - Roma (Fellini's Roma)
By The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Amarcord
 

Amarcord is a 1973 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini, a semi-autobiographical tale about Titta, an adolescent boy growing up among an eccentric cast of characters in the village of Borgo San Giuliano (situated near the ancient walls of Rimini) in 1930s Fascist Italy. The film's title is a univerbation of the Romagnolo phrase "a m'arcord" ("I remember"). The title then became a neologism of the Italian language, with the meaning of 'nostalgic revocation'.

Titta's sentimental education is emblematic of Italy's "lapse of conscience." Fellini skewers Mussolini's ludicrous posturings and those of a Catholic Church that "imprisoned Italians in a perpetual adolescence" by mocking himself and his fellow villagers in comic scenes that underline their incapacity to adopt genuine moral responsibility or outgrow foolish sexual fantasies.

The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and was nominated for two more Oscars: Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Amarcord

Nino Rota - Amarcord

Fellini's Casanova 
 

Fellini's Casanova (Il Casanova di Federico Fellini) is a 1976 Italian film by director Federico Fellini, adapted from the autobiography of Giacomo Casanova, the 18th-century adventurer and writer.

Shot entirely at the Cinecittà studios in Rome, the film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, with the Oscar going to Danilo Donati.

The film portrays Casanova's life as a journey into trivial sexual abandonment. Any meaningful emotion or sensuality is eclipsed by increasingly strange situations. The narrative presents Casanova's adventures in a detached, methodical fashion, as the respect for which he yearns is constantly undermined by his more basic urges.

Nino Rota - Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini
(FULL SOUNDTRACK)

Le Casanova de Fellini

Orchestra Rehearsal
 

Orchestra Rehearsal (Prova d'orchestra) is a 1978 Italian satirical film directed by Federico Fellini. It follows an Italian orchestra as the members go on strike against the conductor. The film was shown out of competition at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.

The picture has been interpreted as a metaphor for Italian politics, with the orchestra quarreling instead of working together. Considered by some to be underrated, Orchestra Rehearsal was the last collaboration between composer Nino Rota and Fellini, due to Rota's death in 1979.

Nino Rota - Prova D'Orchestra - Soundtrack Suite

Death on the Nile
 

Death on the Nile is a 1978 British mystery film based on Agatha Christie's 1937 novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer. The film features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, played by Peter Ustinov, plus an all-star supporting cast including Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, David Niven, George Kennedy and Jack Warden.

It takes place in Egypt in 1937, mostly on a period paddle steamer on the Nile River. Many of the cultural highlights of Egypt are also featured in the film, such as the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and temples at Abu Simbel and Karnak, even though the locations are not in sequence. The boat trip starts in Aswan, follows to Karnak and then to Abu Simbel which is upstream from Aswan. Furthermore, it was never possible to go by boat from Aswan to Abu Simbel, even before the Aswan Dam was built because of the cataracts near Aswan.

Death on the Nile won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design at the 51st Academy Awards.

 Nino Rota - Death on the Nile -  Soundtrack Suite

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