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Italian Director Ettore Scola Dies at 84

scolaEttore Scola, one of the last of a generation of the greatest Italian writers and directors, best known for “Il Sorpasso” (1962), “We all loved each other so much” (1974), “A Special Day” (1977), “The Family” (1987) and “The Dinner” (1998), died on Tuesday in a Roman Hospital at 84 due to illness.

We All Loved Each Other So Much,” is Scola’s most recognizable movie on an international level,  a 1974 portrait of postwar Italy that starred Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman and Stefania Sandrelli. He directed and co-scripted the 1977 Sophia Lauren and Marcello Mastroianni film “A Special Day,” which picked up Oscar nominations for best foreign film and best actor for Mr. Mastroianni.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a tweet said that Scola’s death “leaves an enormous hole in Italian culture.”

This is a terrible loss for Italian cinema and Italian culture, but Scola’s masterpieces will last forever and this is the magic and the gift that we could ever have.

Buon viaggio Maestro!

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