Nino Rota on paper!

Nino Rota born as Giovanni Rota Rinaldi into a musical family in Milan. Rota was a renowned child genius – his first oratorio, L’infanzia di San Giovanni Battista, was written at age 11 and performed in Milan and Paris as early as 1923!

That day, on his birthday, the calendar was on December 3, 1923.

Encouraged by Arturo Toscanini, Rota moved to the United States where he lived from 1930 to 1932.

Rota is best known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti. He also composed the music for two of Franco Zeffirelli’s Shakespeare films, and for the first two films of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II in 1974.


During his long career Rota was an extremely fruitful composer, especially of music for the cinema. He wrote more than 150 scores for Italian and international productions from the 1930s until his death in 1979. Alongside this great body of film work, he composed ten operas, five ballets and dozens of other orchestral, choral and chamber works, the best known being his string concerto. He also composed the music for many theater productions by Visconti, Zeffirelli and Eduardo De Filippo.

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Casablanca in New York City!

Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz . The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Set during World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

Story editor Irene Diamond convinced producer Hal Wallis to purchase the film rights of the play in January 1942. Brothers Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein were initially assigned to write the script. However, the Epsteins left the project after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Howard Koch was assigned to continue writing the screenplay until the Epsteins returned to work on Casablanca. Wallis chose Curtiz to direct the film after his first choice, William Wyler, became unavailable. Filming began on May 25, 1942 and ended on August 3, and was shot entirely in the studio and Van Nuys Airport.

Despite the script writing difficulties, and Bogart attempting his first romantic leading role, Casablanca won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic, and the film has grown to the point that it now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.

Casablanca had its world premiere on November 26, 1942 in New York City, and was released on January 23, 1943 in the rest of United States.

Some paper ideas from the same date from the past!

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