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Italian screenwriter, novelist and poet who formed a successful partnership with the film director Roberto Benigni
Although he was a respected novelist and poet, Vincenzo Cerami, who has died aged 72 after a long illness, was perhaps best known as a screenwriter, thanks to his long partnership with the director Roberto Benigni. The pair co-wrote six films and had their greatest success with La Vita è Bella (Life Is Beautiful, 1997), which starred Benigni as a Jewish internee in a concentration camp, desperately pretending to his young son that it is all a game. The film won three Oscars and had a further four nominations, including for best screenplay. "Knowing Vincenzo was a gift," said Benigni, "because he taught people's hearts to beat."
On their early films together, Cerami was not able to totally sublimate Benigni's excesses as an actor. Nevertheless, Il Piccolo Diavolo (The Little Devil, 1988), Johnny Stecchino (1991) and Il Mostro (The Monster, »
- John Francis Lane
Rome – Italian screenwriter, author, and playwright Vincenzo Cerami, who was Oscar-nommed for penning Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful” and worked with top Italo helmers, including Marco Bellocchio and Gianni Amelio, died on Wednesday in Rome.
He was 72. The exact cause was not disclosed, but Cerami had been sick for some time.
Born in Rome to Sicilian parents, Cerami had the good fortune of having Pier Paolo Pasolini, not yet a film director at the time, as high-school teacher in Ciampino, just outside the Italian capital.
In 1976 Cerami published his first novel “Un borghese piccolo piccolo,” the tale of a lower-middle-class Joe who joins a masonic lodge to ensure his son will get his ministry desk job. The book was adapted in »
- Nick Vivarelli
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