Saturday, October 10, 2020

Who Are Those Composers? Carlo Rustichelli


Carlo Rustichelli was born on December 24, 1916 in Carpi Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was trained in music in both Rome at the Santa Cecilia Academy and in Bologna. His movie work began in the late 1930s. He scored more than 400 scores for films as well as arranging scores for other films and television. He met Federico Fellini in postwar Rome and probably through him he met Pietro Germi, for whom he composed his first major film score for Gioventù Perduta (Lost Youth), and with whom he was most associated He composed music for many Germi films in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

He also worked with such directors as Mario Bava and Billy Wilder. He was awarded two Silver Ribbons by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for his work. He scored three of the best films by Italian horror master Mario Bava: Blood and Black Lace, The Whip and the Body and Kill, Baby, Kill.

Many of Carlo's scores were released in Italy on soundtrack albums, and there was a concerted reissue program in Italy devoted to his work during the last years of the LP era. By the end of the 20th century, Rustichelli was a revered musical and cinematic figure in his native country, and one overview disc of his work (Ritratto di un Autore) was released in 2001 by the Italian-based CAM label, complete with a note from the composer. There are also complete CDs of his best-known scores, including Seduced and Abandoned.

For many he is revered as the Father of Italian film music. The father of actress Alida Chelli [1943-2012], composer Paolo Rustichelli [1953- ] and the grandfather of Italian TV host Simone Annicchiarico [1970- ], he died in Rome on November 13, 2004.


RUSTICHELLI, Carlo (aka Joan Christian, Evirust, Jim Murphy) [12/24/1916, Carpi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy – 11/13/2004, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – composer, conductor, arranger, songwriter, actor, married to Evi Rustichelli (19??-2004) father of actress Alida Chelli (Alida Rustichelli) [1943-2012], composer Paolo Rustichelli [1953-    ], grandfather of TV host Simone Annicchiarico [1970-    ].

Charge of the 7th – 1964 (co)

Buffalo Bill, Hero of the Far West* - 1965

Ringo’s Big Night - 1965

Kill or Be Killed* – 1966

     Song: “I Must Go” sung by Cifiello (Enzo Cifiello)

Rebels on the Loose – 1966 (co)

Ringo's Big Night* - 1966

A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die* - 1967

The Ruthless Four – 1967

A Train for Durango - 1967

Ace High – 1968

Boot Hill* – 1968

I Came, I Saw, I Shot* - 1968

The Ruthless Four* – 1968

Three Silver Dollars – 1968

     Song: “Where is My Fortune” sung by Ico Cerutti

A Train to Durango* – 1968

Two Pistols and a Coward - 1968

Bastard, Go and Kill* – 1971 [as Carlo Rustic]

The Call of the Wild - 1972

The Three Musketeers of the West - 1973

White Fang – 1973

     Song: “Oh Johnny” sung by Carole André (Carol Smith)

Challenge to White Fang – 1974

Red Coat – 1974

     Song: “Day After Day” sung by Lynne Frederick

White Fang to the Rescue - 1974

Carlo Rustichelli – 2008


*Available on CD

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