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Dino De Laurentiis, RIP

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–Dino De Laurentiis, the Oscar-winning Italian film producer behind such movies as “Serpico,” “Death Wish” and “Three Days of the Condor,” died at his home here Thursday, Nov. 11. He was 91. He produced more than 500 movies, including those by Federico Fellini and Roberto Rossellini. He won his first Oscar in 1956 for Fellini’s “La Strada,” and another in 1957 for “Nights of Cabiria.” He was nominated at least 30 more times, and received the Irving G.Thalberg Memorial Award in 2001. He is survived by his third wife, Martha and six daughters. His granddaughter, Giada, is a chef on the Food Network.
MSTies will remember a film he produced in 1967, “DANGER: DIABOLIK.”

Read his full New York Times obituary here.

14 Replies to “Dino De Laurentiis, RIP”

  1. Chris Lark says:

    Truly a sad event and my thoughts go out to his family & friends (for ex.: Giada de Laurentiis who has a wonderful TV series on the Food Network.)

    Man why did 2 great producers like Dino and Stephen J. Cannell both have to go this year?:(


  2. monoceros4 says:

    Undeniably a titan. He produced a lot of rubbish, maybe, but even some of his supposed failures are underrated and certainly never dull, e.g. Flash Gordon and Dune.


  3. Laura says:

    Didn’t he also direct/produce (can’t remember which), the 1970s version of “King Kong”?


  4. Gary Bowden says:

    @3 Yes,he did,which starred Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange.


  5. (St Peter at the gate sees Dino in the distance)
    St Peter: “Is that stud coming?”


  6. Gorn Captain says:

    I had no idea he was a Vulcan!

    He also produced a sequel to Kong, which would have for a good episode.


  7. Happenstance says:

    King Kong, King Kong Lives, Orca, The White Buffalo, Barbarella, Flash Gordon, Mandingo, Ragtime, Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye, Maximum Overdrive, Hurricane, Lipstick, Death Wish, Manhunter, Red Dragon, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising…

    We gonna miss you, Papi. You were bad movie gold.


  8. losingmydignity says:

    Okay, now at last I forgive him King Kong…

    But seriously, like Roger Corman, he brought a lot of good art house type movies to bigger audiences.


  9. losingmydignity says:

    I want to add that Nights of Cabiria is one of my favorite films, one of Fellin’s best and one of the best films of all time. If you haven’t seen it, honor him by watching it. It’s incredible.


  10. RockyJones says:

    #9…I’ve always wanted to see that one. Isn’t it the movie that “Sweet Charity” is based on?


  11. losingmydignity says:

    Yes, RockJones, I believe it is. But it’s Fellini so quite different.


  12. BIG61AL says:

    Serpico. A great film from a great film maker.


  13. Unga Khan says:

    Sad to lose you Dino. Thanks for Blue Velvet, La strada, Le notti di Cabiria, Barbarella, and of course Diabolik.


  14. Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    Nights of Cabiria was on just the other night. I didn’t plan on watching, but I just couldn’t get away. What a fantastic film.


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