Nov 11, 2010

Arrivederci, Dino!

He produced La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, L'Oro di Napoli, Bitter Rice and Mafioso, for which he belongs in the pantheon of the Gods of Cinema. Also Barbarella, several Italian movies with the great Toto and then, except for Serpico and Blue Velvet, oodles of gargantuan Hollywood schlock, including fabulous pop culture artifacts (and mostly duds) like Death Wish, King Kong (with Jessica Lange), Dune, Mandingo and Flash Gordon, among others. Dino De Laurentiis. Producer extraordinaire. Died at the ripe age of 91.  Almost 70 years making movies.  Check out his unbelievable output. How many have you seen?

1 comment:

  1. What a filmography!

    From pioneering Italian 'neorealismo' to some spectacular Hollywood boondoggles, Signor De Laurentiis had his finger firmly on the pulse of the zeitgeist of the filmgoing public.

    Great: Serpico, Manhunter.

    Watched in Utter Disbelief: Flash Gordon, Dune (and I love Lynch).

    Secret Favorite: Death Wish (I was 14 years-old).

    Want to See: Bitter Rice.