Filmmaker Dino de Laurentis passed away
United States, November 12, 2010: Dino de Laurentiis, prominent and famous filmmaker, producer of some of the most popular film of his country, died in Los Angeles at age 91.
Agostino De Laurentiis, the great patron of Italian cinema, had a 70-year career producing more than 200 films, including “La Strada” (1954) and “Nights of Cabiria” (1957), of Federico Fellini, both Oscar winners for Best Foreign Language film.
At the age of 20 he participated as an actor and producer of his first film “Troppo Tardi t’ho conosciuta” (1939), by Emanuele Caracciolo.
In 1949 Laurentiis got his first critical and commercial success with “Riso amaro” directed by Giuseppe de Santis, with a cast headed by Silvia Mangano and Vittorio Gassman.
In 2003 he received the Golden Lion for his film career at the Venice Film Festival.
In 1952 with Carlo Ponti, he founded “Ponti-De Laurentiis” and that same year he made the first color film in Italy, “Toto a Colori”. From that time are also Oscar-winning “La Strada” and “Le notti di Cabiria” by Fellini.
In 1957, he broke with Ponti and built his own studio in Rome. He opened it seven years later. There he filmed “The Bible” (1966) by John Huston, “The Straniero” (1967), Luchino Visconti, “Barbarella” (1968), Roger Vadim, or “Waterloo” (1971).
His last project was the movie “Virgin Territory (Decameron: Angels & Virgins,” in 2007, with David Leland.
He received numerous awards including the Silver Lion at Venice in 1952, the distinction Critics Circle of New York and a Golden Globe in 1956, in 2000 he was awarded for his career with the Irving G. prize Thalberg, the most important thing you can get as a producer which is delivered with the Oscars, and in 2003 he received the Golden Lion for his film career at the Venice Film Festival.