Ettore Scola, Italian Film Director, Dies at 84

Golden Globe winner directed films including “A Special Day” starring Sophia Loren

Last Updated: January 19, 2016 @ 5:33 PM

Legendary Italian film director Ettore Scola died on Tuesday. He was 84.

The five-time Academy Award nominee was pronounced dead at a hospital in Rome after falling ill two days earlier, according to the Associated Press.

Scola’s “A Special Day,” costarring Sophia Loren, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1978.

Among his other achievements was “We All Loved Each Other So Much,” a definitive look at post-World War II Italy.

“[Scola] leaves an enormous hole in Italian culture,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said of the director’s passing.

Scola has almost 40 films on his resume as a director, although he also served as a screenwriter. He was named Best Director by the Cannes Film Festival in 1974 and served on the festival’s jury in 1988.


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