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  • Born

    20 May 1926

  • Born In

    Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy

  • Died

    16 August 1991 (aged 65)

Bruno Nicolai (20 May 1926 in Rome – 16 August 1991 in Rome) was an Italian film music composer, orchestra director and musical editor most active in the 1960s through the 1980s.

While studying piano and composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, he befriended Ennio Morricone and formed a long working relationship, with Nicolai eventually conducting for and co-scoring films with Morricone. Nicolai also scored a number of giallo exploitation films and wrote a large number of scores for director Jess Franco.

His work was featured in the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill: Volume 2.

Selected filmography
Giulietta e Romeo (it), Riccardo Freda (1964)
$100,000 for Ringo, [ (1965)
Kiss Kiss…Bang Bang, Duccio Tessari (1966)
Django Shoots First, Alberto De Martino (1966)
Special Mission Lady Chaplin, Alberto De Martino (1966)
The Christmas That Almost Wasn't, Rossano Brazzi (1966)
I giorni della violenza, Alfonso Brescia (1967)
Run, Man, Run, Sergio Sollima (1968)
99 Women, Jesús Franco (1968)
Marquis de Sade: Justine, Jesús Franco (1968)
Land Raiders, Nathan Juran (1969)
Carnal Circuit, Alberto De Martino (1969)
Flashback, Raffaele Andreassi (1969)
Zenabel, Ruggero Deodato (1969)
Arizona si scatenò… e li fece fuori tutti, Sergio Martino (1970)
The Bloody Judge (es) Jesús Franco (1970)
Count Dracula, Jesús Franco (1970)
Adiós, Sabata, Gianfranco Parolini (1971)
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail, Sergio Martino (1971)
Dead Men Ride, Aldo Florio (1971)
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, Emilio Miraglia (1971)
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, Emilio Miraglia (1972)
The Case of the Bloody Iris, Giuliano Carnimeo (1972)
All the Colors of the Dark, Sergio Martino (1972)
The French Sex Murders, Ferdinando Merighi (1972)
Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, Sergio Martino (1972)
My Name Is Shanghai Joe, Mario Caiano (1972)
Ubalda, All Naked and Warm, Mariano Laurenti (1972)
A Virgin Among the Living Dead, Jesús Franco (1972)
The Big Family, Tonino Ricci (1973)
Man Called Invincible, Giuliano Carnimeo (1973)
My Name Is Shanghai Joe, Mario Caiano (1973)
And Then There Were None, Peter Collinson (1974)
Eyeball, Umberto Lenzi (1975)
Manhunt in the City, Umberto Lenzi (1975)
Caligula, (credited as Paul Clemente) Tinto Brass (1979)
Cammina, cammina, Ermanno Olmi (1982)
Kill Bill: Volume 2, Quentin Tarantino (2004)

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