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Italian director Dino Risi dies aged 91

Italian director Dino Risi dies aged 91

Director Dino Risi, an Oscar-nominated master of Italian comedy movies who worked with generations of actors, died Saturday, officials said. He was 91.
The Aldrovandi Palace apartment residence where Risi lived confirmed the director's death and said it occurred at 12:30 p.m. (1030 GMT). It did not give other information.
"With Dino Risi's death, Italy loses a noble and vital father of its cinema and its culture," Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno said in a statement. Alemanno described Risi as "one of the masters of the beautiful and intense season of the Italian comedy."
Risi's comedies were a ferocious satire of the habits and flaws of Italians. During a career that spanned decades, he worked with some of the finest Italian actors, including Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi.
His hits include "Poor But Beautiful" (1957) and "The Easy Life" (1962), starring Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
In 1974, Risi directed "Profumo di Donna," ("Scent of a Woman") which received Oscar nominations for best foreign language movie and best adapted screenplay. A U.S. remake of the movie starring Al Pacino won Oscars in 1992.
Risi was awarded a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival in 2002.
Information on survivors and funeral arrangements was not immediately available.


Updated : 2021-03-03 17:43 GMT+08:00