I guess Mario Monicelli leapt to his death today at 95 years old. The poor dude had cancer.
Such sad news. Now I will never see the ending of “la grande guerra” quite the same way.
Bravo Mario, l’ultimo grande regista!
He was the only director of Commedia all’Italiana I liked.
Sad to hear about his cancer diagnosis, and sad to see him go that way. But who knows which is much worse, wasting away from disease with little recourse, or goin’ ahead and getting it over with.
Ari, dude…DIno Risi ;) (and a lot more of course)
That being said, I was very fond of not only Amici Miei (yes, both films with the Karlatos segment in the first part as a standard favorite) and The Organizer, but am also entranced by his later collaboration with Sordi, An Average Little Man in which the commedia in the beginning turns into an eventful drama of fate’s misfortunes, I even swallowed up Winters’ dubbing. His Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen segment has been my least favorite of his.
Believe it or not, i haven’t yet watched his first Mastroianni collaboration, I Soliti Ignoti and I’m really looking forward to Brancaleone, oh man…I need to make an Italian list, I rate Monicelli higher than Antonioni!
Maybe I haven’t seen enough Dino Risi (I didn’t enjoy the ones that I saw – The Tiger and the Pussycat, the original scent of a woman – okay better than the Pacino Hooah version – and one other whose title escapes me).
Did Big Deal on Madonna Street set the template for heist comedies? I’m sure there must have been earlier examples.
The only film I have seen by him is his part for the episodefilm Boccacio 70 but he seems like an interesting director. And he made so many films! I added the film Speriamo che sia femmina 1986 maybe one/two weeks ago with Liv Ullmann and Catherine Deneuve that won many italian prices. I hope it will come to the database soon.
Impressive filmography: In nome della legge (writer), Il lupo della Sila (writer), Guardie e ladri, Un eroe dei nostri tempi, Padri e figli, I soliti ignoti, L’armata Brancaleone, Amici miei, Un borghese piccolo piccolo, and many more…
Personal favorites: The Great War & The Organizer.
A sad loss.
I’ve seen Monicelli in Venice, and he looked liked a real gentleman, one of his kind. What really makes me feel is that a man like him died in this way.
Don’t know which of his film I love the most: I soliti ignoti, La grande guerra, Un borghese piccolo piccolo..I can’t explain why I felt so bad, he was old, but I really feel like I miss something
very very sad….. at the age of 95 with cancer, maybe it’s time to let him go.
He’s a hero.
The only Momicelli film I have seen so far is ‘’Caro Michele’’ which was an odd little movie I really liked, but I guess it is not among his most popular works… A couple of days ago I attended a screening in his memory of a documentary from my country, ‘’The Interpreter of Black and White Films’’ – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1006937/, which is about an old lady who had worked for 40 years as a simultaneous interpreter of Italian films in a movie theater but had never actually visited Italy and the director of the documentary gives her a chance to visit the country and manages to arrange appointments with Ettore Scola and Mario Monicelli. Some of the highlights from her conversation with Monicelli (91 years old at the time of shooting the film):
Monicelli: So, what is Bulgaria famous for?
The woman: Beautiful women, for example…
Monicelli: Well, you should have invited me 30 years ago there then, now it’s too late…
The woman tells him how once she got a heart attack/infarct and she refused to go to hospital because she had the duty that night to interpret one of his movies on a screening, and then goes on telling him how she was interpreting the films of all Italian masters – Fellini, Pasolini, Visconti… and at that points he interrupts her to tell her that maybe that was the reason why she got a heart attack/infarct :))