Nino Rota

Composer

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 ... Read more »

Born: 12/02/1911 in Milano, IT

Filmography

Music (75)

The Wild Oat 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

The Godfather Legacy 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Song

The Brothers Bloom 2009 (Movie)

("Cadillac") (Song Performer)

The Brothers Bloom 2009 (Movie)

("Cadillac") (Song)

Paranoid Park 2008 (Movie)

("La Porticina Segreta") (Song Performer)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

("Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini") (Song)

My Kid Could Paint That 2007 (Movie)

("Carlotta's Galop") (Song)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

("Napoli Milionaria") (Song)

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 2006 (Movie)

("L'illusionista") (Song)

Lost In Translation 2003 (Movie)

("La Dolce Vita") (Song Performer)

Lost In Translation 2003 (Movie)

("La Dolce Vita") (Song)

Fellini 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Andre Rieu: Romantic Moments 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Love Is in the Air 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Music

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

("Guida e Luisa Nostalgico Swing" from "8 1/2") (Song)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

music excerpts (Music)

Wild Man Blues 1998 (Movie)

("8 1/2" "Amarcord" "La Dolce Vita" "Lo Sceicco Bianco") (Music)

Set It Off 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

The Lion With the White Beard 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Federico Fellini's Intervista 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Love and Anarchy 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Love and Anarchy 1990 (Movie)

songs("Song of Anger" "Promenade" "Antonio Soffiantini") (Song)

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

music and themes (Music)

Cousins 1989 (Movie)

songs("Speak Softly Love" "A Time For Us") (Song)

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids 1989 (Movie)

("Theme From 'Amarcord'") (Song)

I Soliti Ignoti... Vent'Anni Dopo 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Blue City 1986 (Movie)

song p{rformer("Love Theme From the Godfather" "Love Theme From the Godfather") (Song)

Sixteen Candles 1984 (Movie)

("Love Theme From the Godfather") (Composer)

Hurricane 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Death on the Nile 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Prova d'Orchestra 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Il Casanova di Federico Fellini 1976 (Movie)

(Music)

Caro Michele 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Slum Boy 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Amarcord 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

(Music)

The Abdication 1973 (Movie)

(Music)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

Music Composer (Music)

Roma 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

songs("Juliet's Rainbow" "The Little Theatre") (Song)

Fellini Satyricon 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Waterloo 1970 (Movie)

music director (Music)

I Pagliacci 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

Toby Dammit 1969 (Movie)

("Toby Dammit") (Music)

Romeo & Juliet 1968 (Movie)

("What Is Youth") (Song)

Romeo & Juliet 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

The Taming of the Shrew 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

Juliet of the Spirits 1965 (Movie)

(Music)

8 1/2 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

The Leopard 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

Arturo's Island 1962 (Movie)

(Music)

Boccaccio '70 1962 (Movie)

(Music)

The Condemned of Altona 1962 (Movie)

(Music)

Il Bidone 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

La Dolce Vita 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

The Reluctant Saint 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

White Nights 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Purple Noon 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

The Best of Enemies 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

The Great War 1960 (Movie)

(Music)

Sotto dieci bandiere 1959 (Movie)

(Music)

Friends For Life 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

The House of Intrigue 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

The Law Is the Law 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

La Strada 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

Nights of Cabiria 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

This Angry Age 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

War and Peace 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

I Vitelloni 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

La Bella di Roma 1955 (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Mambo 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

The Great Hope 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

The Loves of Three Queens 1953 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (1)

Fellini 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

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.

EDUCATION

University of Milan

1937

Curtis Institute of Music

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Accademia di Santa Cecilia

Milestones

1974

Won an Oscar for scoring "The Godfather: Part II"

1972

Scored "The Godfather"

1963

Scored Fellini's "8 1/2"

1952

Scored "The White Sheik," his first collaboration with Federico Fellini

1933

Scored his first film, "Treno Popolare"

Bonus Trivia

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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".

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Rota was extremely prolific throughout his career, having written more than 150 scores for Italian and international productions from the early 40 to his death in 1979 at the age of 67.

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Rota was a child musical prodigy.

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He scored several of Federico Fellini's films, with the legendary director once referring to him as, "the most precious collaborator I've ever had."

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In addition to his dozens of film scores, Rota als wrote operas, chamber and choral music.

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