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Riz Ortolani

Riziero "Riz" Ortolani (1926 - 2014) scored over two-hundred films working mostly within the Italian genres of Mondo, Giallo, and the Spaghetti Western.

Ortolani's most famous theme is CAM Sugar's "Modelle in Blu," which he wrote together with Nino Oliviero for the infamous film Mondo Cane. It is mainly known with the title "Ti Guarderò nel Cuore" (lyrics by Marcello Ciorciolini) and "More" (English adaptation of the lyrics by Norman Newell). This composition won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Theme and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 36th Academy Awards. The song was later covered by Frank Sinatra, Kai Winding, Andy Williams, Roy Orbison, and others. The release of Mondo Cane (1962) took Riz Ortolani to extraordinary fame, especially in the USA. At that time he was one of the few Italian composers – if not the only one – to be called directly by American studios to work on international soundtracks.