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Fortunella is a 1958 Italian film directed by Eduardo De Filippo, with script by Federico Fellini.

Directed byEduardo De Filippo
Written byFederico Fellini
Eduardo De Filippo
Ennio Flaiano
Tullio Pinelli
StarringGiulietta Masina
Music byNino Rota
CinematographyAldo Tonti
Edited byLeo Cattozzo
Release date
Running time
100 min.



The film's score, composed by Nino Rota, notably contains three memorable motifs, two of which would be reused in Rota's most famous film compositions: La Dolce Vita (1960) and The Godfather (1972). Another prominent motif had already been used in another Rota composition, Il Bidone (1955).

At the 45th Academy Awards, Nino Rota's score for The Godfather was removed at the last minute from the list of nominees for Best Original Score when it was discovered that the melody in "Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)" had previously been used in Fortunella.[1]

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  1. ^ Cruz, Gilbert. "The Anniversary You Can't Refuse: 40 Things You Didn't Know About The Godfather" – via