Nino Rota

(1911 - 1979)

1952    The White Sheik

1954    La Strada

1960    La Dolce Vita

1963    8 1/2

1968    Romeo & Juliet

1972    The Godfather

1973    Amarcord

1974    The Godfather Part II

Rota was an Italian composer most known for his scores to films by Italian film maker Federico Fellini. Among American films, The Godfather and The Godfather Part II stand out, with the score to The Godfather Part II winning the Oscar in 1975.  Working primarily in Italy, he produced more than 150 film scores over a period of 44 years. He also composed music for ten operas and five ballets.

The Godfather (1972)

Francis Ford Coppola’s film, based on the Mario Puzo film, romanticizes the life of a New York crime family from Sicily. Nino Rota’s lush score provides deep cultural roots to the film, emphasizing a tradition of love and family, set against an environment of fear and violence.

The Godfather (1972) - Michael in Sicily