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Italian soundtrack legend Riz Ortolani, dies at 87

Worked with Tarantino, Zeffirelli, De Sica

24 January, 12:06
Italian soundtrack legend Riz Ortolani, dies at 87 (ANSA) - Rome, January 24 - Italians on Friday mourned the death of composer Riz Ortolani, whose soundtracks gave atmosphere to decades of films, from the 1962 cult classic The Easy Life to the 2003 Quentin Tarantino thriller Kill Bill. The 87-year-old musician penned more than 300 soundtracks over his long career, and won honours including two Golden Globes, two Oscar nominations and a Grammy Award.

Ortolani worked with most of Italy's biggest directors, like four-time Oscar-winner Vittorio De Sica, who directed Bicycle Thieves in 1948, comedy director Dino Risi, neorealist director Damiano Damiani and Franco Zeffirelli.

Ortolani's music recently dramatized American director Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009), starring Brad Pitt, and Django Unchained (2012) with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Ortolani died on Thursday from complications of bronchitis.

He was just shy of celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Katyna, and is also survived by two children, Rizia and Enrico. Ortolani's funeral will be held in Rome on Saturday.