Favourite Mondo Movie Composers

by mister_gs | created - 04 Feb 2016 | updated - 28 Nov 2017 | Public

Mondo (or Shockumentary) is a mostly Italian movie genre which is hard to specify. These movies in a pseudo documentary style seem to show customs and traditions of mankind around the world (in order to make fast cash at box office). Filmed in those times when people were not able to conquer the world themselves, this is a movie phenomena starting more or less in the late 1950s, leading to absurd cannibal movies in the 1970s. That's why we also find a wide range of music genres here, from Big Band and Jazz to Disco. No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name. Except Piero Piccioni, who is a fine film composer (for sure, not only in the Mondo section). Personal favourites are Piero Umiliani ("Mah-Na Mah-Na", in "Sweden Heaven And Hell") and Riz Ortolani ("Te Guardero Nel Cuore", better known as "More", in the most famous "Mondo Cane" which started it all). Thanks for checking, enjoy.

1. Piero Piccioni

Composer | Le mépris

Piero Piccioni was born in Turin (Italy) on the 6th December 1921. Son of a pure Turinese mother (her maiden name was Marengo), and from here the pseudonym Piero Morgan, which he adopted until 1957. He had played on the radio with his historic Big Band "013" in 1938, to then return, after the ...

2. Angelo Francesco Lavagnino

Composer | Continente perduto

He graduated in violin and composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan (Italy), Lavagnino deserves a special place in film music for his contribution to documentaries. He gave reportages a new dimension; he did not elaborate folkloristic themes, neither he passively adapts the ...

3. Armando Sciascia

Composer | L'uomo che bruciò il suo cadavere

Armando Sciascia was born on June 16, 1920 in Lanciano, Abruzzo, Italy. He is known for his work on The Man Who Burnt His Corpse (1964), The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973) and Gli eroi di ieri... oggi... domani (1964). He died on June 23, 2017 in Connecticut, USA.

4. Armando Trovajoli

Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Armando Trovajoli was born on September 2, 1917 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), A Special Day (1977) and The Family (1987). He was married to Maria Paola Sapienza and Pier Angeli. He died on February 28, 2013 in Rome.

5. Basil Kirchin

Composer | Assignment K

Basil Kirchin was born on August 8, 1927 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. He is known for his work on Assignment K (1968), I Start Counting (1969) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971). He was married to Esther Muller. He died on June 18, 2005 in Hull, Yorkshire, England.

6. Carlo Savina

Soundtrack | Sixteen Candles

Carlo Savina was born on August 2, 1919 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He is known for his work on Sixteen Candles (1984), The Godfather (1972) and The Tenant (1976). He died on June 23, 2002 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

8. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Hateful Eight

A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...

9. Francesco De Masi

Composer | Lone Wolf McQuade

Born in Rome, he studied composition at the Neapolitan Conservatory "S. Pietro a Majella" under the direction of M° Achille Longo then proceeded to study orchestra direction at the Chigiana Academy in Siena with Paul Van Kempen and Franco Ferrara. He also graduated in horn, after having studied ...

10. Franco Tamponi

Music_department | Red Sonja

Franco Tamponi is known for his work on Red Sonja (1985), Cinema Paradiso (1988) and Flashman (1967).

15. Giovanni Tommaso

Music_department | L'occhio nel labirinto

Giovanni Tommaso is known for his work on Eye in the Labyrinth (1972), La prima volta (1999) and International Airport (1985).

16. Guido De Angelis

Soundtrack | Il mondo di Yor

Guido De Angelis was born on December 22, 1944 in Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy. He is a composer and producer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), Death Proof (2007) and Grindhouse (2007).

17. Kai Winding

Actor | A Man Called Adam

Kai Winding was born on May 18, 1922 in Århus, Denmark as Kai Chresten Winding. He was married to Ezshwan. He died on May 6, 1983 in Yonkers, New York, USA.

18. Les Baxter

Soundtrack | Hitman: Agent 47

Born March 14, 1922, at Mexia, Texas. He learned to play the piano at five years of age and studied at the Detroit Conservatory and at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California (his uncle was the college's first president). He began his career as a concert pianist but later joined Mel Tormé's "...

19. Manos Hatzidakis

Composer | Pote tin Kyriaki

The names of Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis have been written with golden letters in the music history of Greece since 1960. He was born in Xanthi on 23 October 1925, in a mid-class family. When he came of age he came in the capital city of Greece of Athens. He succeeded from the beginning ...

21. Maurizio De Angelis

Soundtrack | Il mondo di Yor

Maurizio De Angelis was born on February 22, 1947 in Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy. He is a composer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), Death Proof (2007) and Grindhouse (2007).

22. Nico Fidenco

Soundtrack | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Nico Fidenco was born on January 24, 1933 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Dominic Colarossi. He is a composer, known for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Boccaccio '70 (1962) and Emanuelle Around the World (1977).

23. Nino Oliviero

Soundtrack | Nine

24. Peter Thomas

Music_department | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Peter Thomas was born on December 1, 1925 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. He is known for his work on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Flucht nach Berlin (1961) and Die endlose Nacht (1963). He was previously married to Cordy Thomas.

25. Piero Umiliani

Soundtrack | The Spectacular Now

Supplied the music for the 1970 Italian theatrical version of O Cabeleira.

26. Riz Ortolani

Composer | I giorni dell'ira

Riz Ortolani was born on March 25, 1926 in Pesaro, Marche, Italy as Riziero Ortolani. He is known for his work on Day of Anger (1967), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Festa di laurea (1985). He was married to Katina Ranieri. He died on January 23, 2014 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

27. Roberto Donati

Soundtrack | Roma a mano armata

Roberto Donati is a composer, known for The Tough Ones (1976), Apache Woman (1976) and Eaten Alive! (1980).

30. Stanley Wilson

Music_department | M Squad

Co-composed the Revue/Universal Studios TV jingle with Juan García Esquivel.

31. Stelvio Cipriani

Soundtrack | Never Let Me Go

He studied piano and harmony at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. In 1957 he started playing light music, being the pianist of important singers such as Rita Pavone. In USA he studied jazz with Dave Brubeck. In 1966 he was called by Cam to compose his first soundtrack: The Bounty Killer, a film ...

32. Teo Usuelli

Soundtrack | The Big Lebowski

He completed his studies in Milan. After having received his diploma in Humanities, he attended the Faculty of Pure Mathematics at the State University for four years with good results. He specialized in music and choir song in 1944, and graduated in Composition from the Conservatory "G. Verdi" of ...

33. Ubaldo Continiello

Composer | Play Motel

Film composer and conductor.

34. William Robert Sivel

Sound_department | Le salaire de la peur

William Robert Sivel is known for his work on The Wages of Fear (1953), Diabolique (1955) and Contempt (1963). He died in 1982.

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