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Italian filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis dies at 91

Nov 11, 2010 11:06:00 AM - thestate.com
LOS ANGELES - Dino De Laurentiis, the flamboyant Italian movie producer who helped resurrect his country's film industry after World War II and for more than six decades produced films as diverse as the 1954 Federico Fellini classic "La Strada" and the 1976 remake of "King Kong," has died. He was 91.

De Laurentiis, who moved to the United States in the 1970s, died in Los Angeles, Italian media reported Thursday morning.

Once described by Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein as "a master showman, the last survivor of a bygone era of swashbuckling Hollywood producers ... who made movies fueled by grandiose schemes and consummate salesmanship," De Laurentiis launched his long career as a producer in Italy in the 1940s.

In the 1950s, he produced two Oscar-winning best foreign films - Fellini's "La Strada" (with then-partner Carlo Ponti) and Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria" (1957).

In 1962, the prolific producer began building a sprawling studio complex on the outskirts of Rome that he called Dinocitta - Dino City.