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Alessandro Cicognini

Italian film composer Alessandro Cicognini, who wrote the music for some of the most enduring classics of the neorealist period, died Nov. 9 in Rome of natural causes. He was 90.

Cicognini’s most fruitful professional association was with Vittorio De Sica. He scored many of the director’s best known features, starting in 1946 with “Shoeshine” and continuing with “The Bicycle Thief,” “Miracle in Milan” and “Umberto D.”

Also for De Sica, he wrote the music for “Indiscretion of an American Wife,” “The Gold of Naples,” “The Roof” and “The Universal Judgement.”

Among his work for other directors, Cicognini composed film scores for Mario Camerini’s “I Grandi Magazzini” (1939), Steno and Mario Monicelli’s “Guardie e Ladri” (1951), Luigi Comencini’s “Pane, Amore e Fantasia” (1953) and the popular “Don Camillo” series of features.

For director Alessandro Blasetti, he scored “Ettore Fieramosca” (1938) “Nessuno Torna Indietro” (1945) and “Quattro Passi Tra le Nuvole” (1942), which recently was remade by Alfonso Arau as “A Walk in the Clouds.”

Cicognini withdrew from the Italian film industry in the mid-1960s.

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