One of Italy’s greatest post-war film directors, Luigi Comencini, has died at the age of 90. He passed away after a long illness. The filmmaker directed some 50 movies and wrote about 40 screenplays during a career spanning more than sixty years.
But it was not his first choice of career. He studied at the Milan School of Architecture and worked as a film critic before making his first film in 1946. He was often referred to as the “children’s director”, because so many of his works were about childhood.
Comencini was best known for his 1953 hit “Bread, Love and Dreams”, starring Gina Lollobrigida and Vittorio De Sica. He worked with some of the country’s most famous actors including Toto and Alberto Sordi before he retired in 1989. Luigi Comencini is survived by his wife and four daughters.