Francesco DeMasi

Francesco De Masi was an Italian conductor and film score composer. Born on the 11th January 1930 He studied composition at the San Pietro a Maiella in Naples, under the guidance of Achille Longo, who was also his uncle. De Masi got interested in film music when Longo was asked to compose a soundtrack for a film, and he asked De Masi to be his assistant. De Masi’s filmography includes scores for over 200 films and TV series, ranging from spaghetti westerns and sword and sandal epics to gialli and horror films, such as Lucio Fulci’s “Lo squartatore di New York”
(The New York Ripper).

De Masi also scored several action films, such as Enzo G. Castellari’s “Quel maledetto treno blindato” (Inglorious Bastards), but he is best remembered for his work on spaghetti westerns. Unlike most other composers, De Masi started writing western scores slightly earlier than the genre’s most influential musician, Ennio Morricone. As De Masi’s music was less influenced by Morricone, his style had a distinctive sound. Many of his songs were performed by the low-voiced member of the I Cantori Moderni choir, Ettore “Raoul” Lovecchio.

De Masi was also very interested in classical music. He taught at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, also conducting the conservatory’s orchestra. In an interview, De Masi listed Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Maurice Ravel and Dmitri Shostakovich as his main classical influences.

2008 Train Kept A-Rollin’ (video documentary)

2008 Back to the War Zone (video documentary short)

2008 Cinevento 2007: In Memory of Francesco De Masi (video documentary short)

2007 Quelli del Maledetto Treno Blindato – Making of ‘Inglorious Bastards’ (video documentary)

2005 Strange Stories from the West (video documentary short)

2004 Fratella e sorello

1991 Fuga da Kayenta

1989 Mortacci

1988 Thunder III

1986 Operation Nam

1986 Days of Hell

1986 Follia amore mio (TV movie)

1985 Sogni e bisogni (TV mini-series)

1985 7, Hyden Park: la casa maledetta

1984 The Manhunt

1984 Deadly Impact

1983 Thunder

1983 Rush: The Assassin

1983 Escape from the Bronx

1983 Lone Wolf McQuade

1983 Thor the Conqueror

1982 Invaders of the Lost Gold

1982 The New York Ripper

1982 History of the Erotic Cinema

1979 La carica delle patate

1978 The Inglorious Bastards

1977 Vengeance

1977 Nazi Love Camp 27

1977 Nel silenzio della notte (TV movie)

1977 Napoli spara!

1976 Qui squadra mobile (TV series)
– Testimoni reticenti (1976)
– Omissione di soccorso (1976)
– La polizia non deve essere avvertita (1976)
– Ragazzi troppo fortunati (1976)
– Il botto (1976)
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1976 Private Vices, Public Pleasures

1976 Cassiodoro il più duro del pretorio

1974 Silence the Witness

1974 Robinson Crusoe

1974 The Arena

1973 Bawdy Tales

1973 Terror of the Living Dead

1973 The Big Game

1972 The Weapon, the Hour, & the Motive

1972 Crime Boss

1972 La rebelión de los bucaneros (as Francis D. Masion)

1972 La tecnica e il rito (TV movie)

1972 Bloody Friday

1972 The House of the Doves (as Francisco De Masi)

1972 Hector the Mighty

1971 The Manipulator

1971 FBI Operation Pakistan

1971 Quel maledetto giorno della resa dei conti

1971 Zorro, Rider of Vengeance

1970 The Weekend Murders

1970 I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin

1970 La sfida dei MacKenna

1970 Ostia

1970 Una storia d’amore

1969 Colpo grosso a Porto Said

1969 Eagles Over London

1969 Lesbo

1969 Island of Lost Girls

1968 Kill Them All and Come Back Alone

1968 Sartana Does Not Forgive

1968 Cost of Dying

1968 The Moment to Kill

1968 Sangue chiama sangue (as Frank Mason)

1968 Johnny Hamlet

1968 Two Brothers, One Death (uncredited)

1968 Lady Desire

1968 And Then a Time for Killing

1968 Fifteen Scaffolds for the Killer

1967 Any Gun Can Play

1967 Un hombre vino a matar

1967 Il magnifico Texano

1967 Come rubare un quintale di diamanti in Russia

1967 Seven Pistols for a Massacre

1967 Renegade Riders

1967 Kommissar X – Drei grüne Hunde

1967 Ringo; Face of Revenge

1967 Master Stroke

1967 The Three Fantastic Supermen

1967 Your Turn to Die

1966 Arizona Colt

1966 Missione apocalisse

1966 The Third Eye (as Frank Mason)

1966 An Angel for Satan

1966 Le spie uccidono in silenzio

1966 FBI Operation Yellow Viper

1966 The Murder Clinic (as Frank Mason)

1966 Seven Dollars on the Red

1966 Eroe vagabondo

1965 Lone and Angry Man

1965 Desperate Mission

1965 Mutiny in the South Seas

1965 Seven Rebel Gladiators

1965 Serenade für zwei Spione

1965 The Last Tomahawk

1965 Fistful of Knuckles

1965 Ranch of the Ruthless

1965 Temple of a Thousand Lights

1964 Die Goldsucher von Arkansas

1964 Tiko and the Shark

1964 Texas Ranger

1964 La vendetta di Spartacus

1964 Revenge of The Gladiators

1964 Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors

1964 The Lion of Thebes

1964 Samson in King Solomon’s Mines

1964 La jena di Londra

1964 Man of the Cursed Valley

1964 Hercules the Invincible (as Frank Mason)

1964 Badmen of the West

1963 Arms of the Avenger

1963 Goliath and the Sins of Babylon

1963 Il magnifico avventuriero

1963 Scarlet Eye

1963 Il segno del coyote

1963 Lo sceicco rosso

1962 Shades of Zorro (Italian version)

1962 Hypnosis

1962 Colossus of the Arena

1962 The Carpet of Horror

1962 Invasion 1700

1962 Sfida nella città dell’oro

1962 Kerim, Son of the Sheik

1962 Toto vs. Maciste

1962 Canzoni a tempo di twist

1961 Pesci d’oro e bikini d’argento

1961 Suleiman the Conqueror

1961 Giovedi: passeggiata (short)

1961 Mina… fuori la guardia

1961 Fra’ Manisco cerca guai

1960 Rapina al quartiere Ovest

1959 Dagli Appennini alle Ande