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Obituary: Dino Risi, the father of Italian comedy

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Obituary: Dino Risi, the father of Italian comedy


One of the greats of Italian cinema has died, the film director Dino Risi. He was known as the father of Italian comedy, whose work earned him the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion award in 2002, for lifetime achievement.

Risi was born in Milan in 1916, and worked with a string of directors before launching his own career behind the camera. His films showed the good and bad sides of life in post-war Italy. The long list of hits include The Easy Life in 1962, one of two major films starring Vittorio Gassmann.

There was also 1974’s Scent of a Woman, which earned him two Oscar nominations and which was remade in 1992 starring Al Pacino. He is credited with launching the careers of not only Gassman, but also Sophia Loren and Alberto Sordi.

Risi died in the Rome hotel where he’d lived since leaving his wife Claudia 18 years ago. He was 91.

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