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As if Cabiria, the titular gold-hearted little hooker of Nights Of Cabiria, needed another reason to cry.
Fact: Nights Of Cabiria was Fellini's best film (in my opinion), featuring a tear-jerking Chaplinesque performance by Giulietta Masina (above) that won her an Oscar. She was Fellini's wife and also starred in La Strada.
Fact: It spawned Fosse's Sweet Charity, which was really good in its own right, especially 'cause of Shirley McLaine and the, you know, dancing, as well as the long-running musical of the same name.
Those are the facts. Now I'd like to ask some questions.
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- Anna Breslaw
In 2003 Hollywood mega star Tom Cruise lived by the sword in The Last Samurai, the epic tale of an 1870s American cavalryman, haunted by the massacre of a Sioux tribe, who is transported to Japan where he gets some hard lessons in the samurai fighting style and comes to admire the Zen-derived code of a bucolic village. There he also falls in love with a broken Japanese woman. The film shot for four months in New Zealand.
Now, in 2010, Korean mega star Jang Dong Gun lives by the sword in The Warrior’s Way, the epic tale of an Asian swordsman, haunted by the fact that he massacred all his clan’s enemies—bar one: an infant child, which he takes and flees, taking refuge with an old friend living in Lode, a frontier town in the American Old West. There he learns the ways of the West and also »
You sometimes hear filmmakers described as "a director's director." Dino Di Laurentiis, who died yesterday at the age of 91, was a producer's producer. In a career that spanned almost seventy years, he made every kind of movie imaginable, from arthouse classics to major blockbusters, from mainstream fare to quirky genre oddities, and worked with an impressive array of director's from Federico Fellini to Michael Mann, Sidney Lumet to Milos Foreman.
For a comprehensive overview of his life, you can read The New York Times obit by Dave Kehr, but I'd recommend Jeffrey Wells' take over at Hollywood Elsewhere, not because he has a particularly encyclopedic knowledge of the man but because he decided to bash his body of work in the obit -- calling him "a primitive showman" with the "philosophy... of a wheeler-dealer" -- which prompted an interesting discussion about De Laurentiis' legacy and the ethics of obituary writing. »
- Matt Singer
The larger-than-life Italian film producer always went for broke with his films – even if it didn't always pay off
Only the other day I was talking to a documentary film-maker who was looking for a new subject. He wondered if there were any of the old guard movie moguls left, the dinosaurs who once had young directors and starlets for dinner, monsters of ego, money and dreaming talk, but guys who were wild about movies and who had found a handful of gold in a sack of garbage.
"Dino De Laurentiis," I said, without a second thought.
"Is he still alive?" asked the guy.
I said I thought he was because the Guardian hadn't asked me to write about him yet. So I looked it up and the book said he was 91. "Likely coming into his prime," I hoped. But I went too far. Within days the news was in: Dino was dead. »
- David Thomson
Dino De Laurentiis, the prolific Italian film producer and entrepreneur, died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, CA. He was 91.
Mr. De Laurentiis is best known for his career-defining work on many central films of the Italian New Wave in the late 1940s and 50s including the international success “Bitter Rice” (1949), and two of Frederico Fellini’s seminal works, “La Strada” (1954) and “Nights of Cabiria” (1957). His lengthy and impressive career, however, began well before that magical period and extended long after with films like David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, “Blue Velvet” among his finest achievements.
And though De Laurentiis managed to attach himself to many of cinema’s classics, the savvy businessman in him never shied away from pure fluff and entertainment like Sergio Corbucci’s “Goliath and the Vampires” (1961), Roger Vadim’s “Barbarella” (1968) and Richard Fleischer’s “Mandingo” (1975).
“A producer is not just a bookkeeper, or a banker, or a background. »
- Eric M. Armstrong
Earlier in his career, De Laurentiis worked with some of Italy’s most famous directors, including Federico Fellini and Roberto Rossellini, however in the 1970′s he made the move to Hollywood, going on to work on films as well-known and eclectic as Dune, Flash Gordon, Conan the Barbarian, Serpico, Death Wish, Breakdown, The Bounty, King Kong (1976) and U-571.
It was perhaps for Manhunter, Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising that he became best known and he was awarded the Irving Thalberg Award at the Oscars in 2001, to go with his Best Foreign Language Film Oscar from 1957 for La Strada.
- Dave Roper
One of the titans of modern cinema has passed away. Dino De Laurentiis, a name synonymous with the definition of movie producer, passed away today at the age of 91 in his Beverly Hills home. The son of pasta-making parents that lived in Italy, De Laurentiis was born in 1919. By the age of 20 he was involved with the cinema craft in his home country.
In the early phase of his producing De Laurentiis was noted for making high quality art house pictures like Federico Fellini's La Strada, for which Dino won his first Oscar for. During the 1950s and 60s, there would be single years where six De Laurentiis pictures were released in Italy. His high volume style of movie-making earned him a reputation of can-do man, someone that had found a knack to make movies that were seemingly effortless to make, at least from a producer's vantage point.
- Patrick Sauriol
The producer, who moved to the United States in the 1970s and continued to produce films until 2007, died Wednesday night at his Beverly Hills home, his daughter Raffaella De Laurentiis, said in a statement to the L.A. Times. The exact cause was not released.
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De Laurentiis produced an astounding 500 films, including »
He began his career in Italy working with Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini, winning an Oscar for producing the latter's 1954 film La Strada. After moving to the Us in the 1970s, he oversaw films such as Serpico, Death Wish and the 1976 remake of King Kong. He also made Manhunter, the first film to feature Hannibal 'The Cannibal', going on to produce a sequel (Hannibal), a remake (Red Dragon) and a prequel (Hannibal Rising).
His daughter Raffaella De Laurentiis said in a statement her father was surrounded by family when he died on Wednesday night at his home in Beverly Hills. She did not give a cause of death.
"Cinema has lost one of its greats," said Walter Veltroni, former »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Flicks News)
Dino De Laurentiis, whose remarkable career spanned from the glory days of post-war Italian cinema through relatively recent Hollywood blockbusters, has died at age 91. De Laurentiis' work was perhaps the most diverse of all producers, ranging from the early Fellini classics such as La Strada to film adaptations of the Hannibal Lecter thrillers. A bold visonary, De Laurentiis had many high profile hits and flops and he came close to losing his fortune through ill-advised business ventures that had nothing to do with the film industry. However, his losing streak never lasted long and he retained his status as one of the industry's most revered names. Among his films: Death Wish, King Kong (1976), Red Dragon, Nights of Cabiria, Manhunter, Ulysses, Barbarella, Mandingo, Blue Velvet and The Shootist. Click here for NY Times obituary »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
By Ali Naderzad - November 12, 2010
Few people have held as much sway over the evolution and variety of movies as he has. Few people have careers that have lasted as long as his. The legendary Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis died in Los Angeles this week—he was 91. He began the business of moviemaking at age 20.
De Laurentiis was always an independent; he never associated himself with one studio in particular, preferring to be the decider. No less than six hundred films and two Oscar wins appear on his resume-- one for Federico Fellini's "La Strada" and another for "War and Peace.” In the 70s De Laurentiis moved to Los Angeles from Italy and started producing here, “Serpico” (1973) and “Three days of the condor,” most notably. De Laurentiis sometimes took huge risks. The book on which "Serpico" was based was not even halfway through being written when the »
- Screen Comment
Dino De Laurentiis, one of the last great, intrepid film producers who with unmatched showmanship shepherded movies as varied as "La Strada" and "Barbarella," has died. He was 91. De Laurentiis helped build the Italian film industry during the heyday of its "new wave," oversaw seminal American films such as "Serpico" and "Blue Velvet," and pursued blockbusters in flops like "Dune" and critical fiascos such as the 1976 remake of "King Kong," which nearly ended the career of a young Jessica Lange. In producing more than 500 wide-ranging films over six decades, he presided over an incredible mix of high and »
- Jake Coyle (AP)
Prolific and legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis has died, aged 91 whist at his Beverly Hills home with his third wife, Martha.
De Laurentiis produced more than 500 films in his 70- year career and has been, in total, nominated for 35 Academy Awards. He won his first back in 1956 for Federico Fellini’s La Strada. The producer was also behind Serpico, War And Peace and Dune. De Laurentiis was also responsible for the more recent additions to the Hannibal Lecter movie franchise ( Hannibal, Red Dragon And Hannibal Rising), having lost out on the »
- Adam Spinks
Legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis has passed away today aged 91. Born in Italy in 1919, Laurentiis served in World War II before establishing himself as a producer with Italian offerings such as Giuseppe De Santis' 1949 classic Bitter Rice and later efforts such as Federico Fellini's La Strada (1954) - which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - and Nights of Cabiria (1957), along with the cult classic Barbarella (1968, dir. Roger Vadim).
After moving to the Us in the early 1970s and establishing his own studio De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he enjoyed a string of early successes with the likes of Serpico (1973, dir. Sidney Lumet), Death Wish (1974, dir. Michael Winner), Three Days of the Condor (1975, dir. Syndey Pollack), The Shootist (1976, dir. Don Siegel) and The Serpent's Egg (1977, dir. Ingmar Bergman).
When I was a kid, I devoured the kitschy fun of producer Dino De Laurentiis' films such as the 1976 "King Kong" remake. His name got branded in my feeble mind. When you see his "Dino De Laurentiis Presents" before a trailer, you know that film would be fun!
So the death of the Oscar-winning Italian film producer saddened me. The Italian media was reporting that Laurentiis, who gave the world nearly 500 films including "La Strada," "Serpico," and "Three Days of the Condor" died in Los Angeles. He was 91.
Here's a lengthy but absolutely wonderful snap shot of Laurentiis' life written by John Gallagher from film reference:
One of the most colorful, prolific, and successful producers in the contemporary motion picture business, Dino De Laurentiis has proven his entrepreneurial skills time and again, growing from an independent Italian producer into an international conglomerate. His product, from low-budget neorealist works to multimillion dollar spectacles, »
The Academy Award-winning producer's daughter said her father was surrounded by family when he died Wednesday night at his home in Beverly Hills. The statement from Raffaella De Laurentiis did not give a cause of death.
He was tiny, but tough, a veritable Napoleon on the set and utterly tireless. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Italian movie tycoon whose list of credits featured as many disasters as hits
The Italian-born film producer Dino De Laurentiis, who has died aged 91, will perhaps go down in movie history as the last "transatlantic" tycoon. Over a career spanning more than 60 years, producing films on both sides of the ocean, he had as many flops as hits. But De Laurentiis almost always succeeded in staying afloat.
In Rome, he produced Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning La Strada (1954) and the grandiose spectacular War and Peace (1956), but also made The Bible: In the Beginning (1966) and Waterloo (1970), which never recovered their costs. Relocating to the Us, he enjoyed success with Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and Conan the Barbarian (1982), but had financial disasters including Year of the Dragon (1985) and a failed food emporium, which he opened in New York. De Laurentiis was also a starmaker, both in Italy, where »
- John Francis Lane
Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis has died in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 91.
He produced more than 160 films and won 17 awards including a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for La Strada (1954).
Laurentiis died at the home he shared with his second wife Martha. He had six children, among them his only son Federico who was killed in a plane crash in 1981.
His 70-year career began as a teenager and, after he was called away to serve in the Italian army during the Second World War, he returned to moviemaking and eventually forming a partnership with Carlo Ponti. They had a string of hits before the partnership ended.
Dino went on to set up his own studio, Dinocitta, in Rome in 1947, but it suffered a financial collapse in the 1970s. He moved to the USA and set up Deg studios in North Carolina but that venture also failed. »
- David Bentley
In the film industry, there's always been this stigma that anyone can be a film producer. But when it comes to legendary Italian producer Dino de Laurentiis, there are few who measure up to his great stature and achievements. Sadly, The New York Times reports the producer died at his home in La at 91 years old. He was surrounded by family when he passed early this morning, and he leaves behind a legacy in cinema that spans over 500 films and seven decades of hard work in motion pictures. The super producer worked with the finest filmmakers in history, some of which are already waiting for him in that movie theater in the sky. As a producer de Laurentiis garnered himself not one, but two Academy Awards for producing two films from one of Italy's finest filmmakers, Federico Fellini. Both 1954's La Strada and 1957's Nights of Cabiria resulted in »
- Ethan Anderton
By Eric Ditzian and Tom Dichiara
Photo: Terry Disney/ Hulton Archive
The prolific De Laurentiis began his career in the 1940s and produced more than 500 films over the next seven decades. Following World War II, he produced two Federico Fellini films, "La Strada," which won a Foreign Language Oscar, and "Nights of Cabiria." He went on to produce high-profile projects on both sides of the Atlantic, notably Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda's "War and Peace," Anthony Perkins' "This Angry Age" and Kirk Douglas' "Ulysses." He also had a taste for the lowbrow genre flick, producing »
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