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Amarcord Screenwriter Tonino Guerra Dies at 92

Three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tonino Guerra died this past Wednesday in his native Italy. He was 92. Over the years,  Guerra collaborated with the great European filmmakers Federico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky and Theo Angelopoulos. He’s best known for helping pen the films Casanova ’70, Blow-Up and Fellini’s Amarcord–all of which were Oscar-nominated.

Guerra was given the Writers Guild of America, West’s Jean Renoir Award for screenwriting in 2011.

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‘Barbarella’ Producer Dead at 91

Legendary Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis died on Wednesday night at his Beverly Hills home. He was 91.

The man who brought us an alien-loving Jane Fonda in a plastic bustier was also a the producer of Academy Award-winning foreign films “La Strada” and “Nights of Cabiria,” both directed by Federico Fellini. His prolific career spanned over six decades and was wildly varied in nature, from early Italian New Wave to big-budget blockbusters. Some of his better known titles include David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” starring Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper, “Three Days of the Condor” with Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway, “Ulysses,” starring Kirk Douglas, and “Hannibal” with Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore.

We also have him to thank for “Conan the Barbarian,” starring our very own Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thank you, Mr. De Laurentiis.

Fellini Film Frolic Set For Academy In L.A. In January

fellini.jpgThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, while readying itself for next year’s Oscars, will honor Italian director Federico Fellini and the 50th anniversay of his film “La Dolce Vita” with an exhibition titled “Fellini Oniricon — The Book of My Dreams,” opening Jan. 24 at the Academy offices in Beverly Hills, Variety discloses.

One hundred sketches from Fellini’s personal journals comprising his often sexual dreams; nocturnal notes that inspired movie characters; and caricatures that Fellini drew of famous artists, including Pablo Picasso and Marcello Mastroianni, will go on display at the Academy two days after the Oscar nominations are announced. The exhibition runs through April 19.

Touted as the most comprehensive attempt to date to reconstruct the helmer’s fantasy world, “Fellini Oniricon” is divided into eight sections, which include “Dreaming and Filming,” “All These Ladies” and “Giulietta,” dedicated to his wife and muse, Giulietta Masina.

The show, co-produced by the Fellini Foundation, the Rome Film Festival and the Academy, also includes scores of on-set pictures documenting Fellini’s career as well as the original copies of his huge two-volume diary, which cover the years 1960-90.