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A look at Nino Rota, the genius composer behind Romeo & Juliet and The Godfather

A look at Nino Rota, the genius composer behind Romeo & Juliet and The Godfather featured image

December 3, 2019

Once the actors have performed, and the film has been edited, it’s the music that adds that final, evocative touch. Such is the case (big time), with film composer Nino Rota, who is perhaps best known for writing the music for two films depicting Italian stories at very different times: Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (1967) and The Godfather series. In an interesting turn of events, Rota’s Best Original Dramatic Score Oscar nomination for The Godfather was revoked when it was discovered Rota re-purposed some of his own music from the 1958 film Fortunella. It all worked out though; he won two years later for The Godfather, Part II.

From Romeo and Juliet, here is a clip, “What Is A Youth”, with video that sums up the entire film in under three minutes:

Here is the first track from the score of The Godfather, Part II, called “The Immigrant”.  It’s a peek inside the world of the Corleone family:

Nino Rota was born December 3, 1911 in Milan Italy, and died April 10, 1979, in Rome.

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