Academy Award winner (1996 Best original score for Il Postino) Luis Bacalov died on November 15. The Argentinian-born Maestro had a prolific film scoring career in Italy spanning seven decades. Also being nominated to an Oscar for the music of Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St-Matthew (1964) he was also praised for such film music as Fellini’s City of Women (1980).
But this talented pianist, also active in the Italian progressive music scene, definitely left a mark with his opening song and score to Sergio Corbucci’s Cult classic Django (1966), that same song and score Quentin Tarantino used in Django Unchained (It is impressive how many people still don’t get this opening song was made almost 50 years earlier for another film).
Various music composed by Bacalov for other films and used by Tarantino include the underrated Spaghetti Western The Grand Duel (1972) with Lee Van Cleef, the Spanish action film The Summertime Killer (1972), both used in Kill Bill (2003), and Lo Chiamavano King, featured in Django Unchained (2003).
Luis Bacalov’s additions to the Poliziotteschi films (1970’s Italian Action/crime films) genre are also notable for their quality and coolness. These include Fernando DiLeo’s infamous Milano Calibro 9 (1972) and La polizia è al servizio del cittadino? (1973) and many more.
Mr. Bacalov leaves us with numerous treasures to remember him. RIP.
Django OST review here:
Milano Clibro 9 OST Review Here:
Django Opening Here: