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‘Great War’ Director Mario Monicelli Commits Suicide in Rome

Suffering from cancer, 95-year-old leapt from hospital window Monday

Mario Monicelli, 95, who directed some of postwar Italy’s most famous films and launched the careers of some of the country’s greatest actors, jumped to his death from a Rome hospital window on Monday, Italian media said.

Monicelli directed such classics as “I Soliti Ignoti,” (Big Deal on Madonna Street), “The Great War,” “For Love and Gold,” and the “My Friends” series with Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret.

The reports said he jumped from the fourth floor of Rome’s San Giovanni hospital, where he was being treated for terminal prostate cancer.

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