Italian screenwriter and director Mario Monicelli has died at the age of 95.
Reports in Italy say he threw himself from a window of a Rome hospital where he had been receiving medical treatment.
Known as a master of Italian comedy, his finest works include The Great War, The Organiser and The Girl with The Pistol.
All of those pieces were nominated for the Academy Awards, although they failed to win a single Oscar.
However, the Great War picked up the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1960.