Dino De Laurentiis
De Laurentiis in 2009
Agostino De Laurentiis
8 August 1919
|Died||10 November 2010 91) (aged|
|Resting place||Cimitero Comunale Torre Annunziata|
(m. 1949;div. 1988)
Martha Schumacher (m. 1990)
|Children||6, including Veronica De Laurentiis and Raffaella De Laurentiis|
|Relatives|| Luigi De Laurentiis (brother)|
Aurelio De Laurentiis (nephew)
Giada De Laurentiis (granddaughter)
Agostino "Dino" De Laurentiis (Italian: [ˈdiːno de lauˈrɛnti.is] ; 8 August 1919 – 10 November 2010) was an Italian-American film producer. Along with Carlo Ponti, he was one of the producers who brought Italian cinema to the international scene at the end of World War II. He produced or co-produced more than 500 films, of which 38 were nominated for Academy Awards. He also had a brief acting career in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
A film producer is a person who oversees film production. Either employed by a production company or working independently, producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting the script; coordinating writing, directing, and editing; and arranging financing.
Carlo Fortunato Pietro Ponti Sr. was an Italian film producer with more than 140 productions to his credit. He was the husband of international film star Sophia Loren.
The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname "Oscar". The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons. AMPAS first presented it in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
De Laurentiis was born at Torre Annunziata in the province of Naples, and grew up selling spaghetti made by his father's pasta factory. He started his studies at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome in the years 1937–1938 then interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War.
Torre Annunziata is a city and comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples, region of Campania in Italy. It is located on the Gulf of Naples at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius.
The Province of Naples was a province in the Campania region of southern Italy; since January 2015 has been replaced by the Metropolitan City of Naples.
The Centro sperimentale di cinematografia was established in 1935 in Italy and aims to promote the art and technique of cinematography and film.
Following his first movie, L'ultimo Combattimento (1940), Laurentiis produced nearly 150 films during the next seven decades. In 1946 his company, the Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, moved into production. In the early years, De Laurentiis produced Italian neorealist films such as Bitter Rice (1949) and the Fellini classics La Strada (1954) and Nights of Cabiria (1956), often in collaboration with producer Carlo Ponti. In the 1960s, Laurentiis built his own studio facilities, although these financially collapsed during the 1970s. During this period, though, De Laurentiis produced such films as Barabbas (1961), a Christian religious epic; The Bible: In the Beginning (1966), Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die , an imitation James Bond film; Navajo Joe (1966), a spaghetti western; Anzio (1968), a World War II film; Barbarella (1968) and Danger: Diabolik (1968), both successful comic book adaptations; and The Valachi Papers (1972), made to coincide with the popularity of The Godfather .[ citation needed ]
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, or the Dino de Laurentiis Entertainment Group, is an Italian film-production company.
Italian neorealism, also known as the Golden Age, is a national film movement characterized by stories set amongst the poor and the working class, filmed on location, frequently using non-professional actors. Italian neorealism films mostly contend with the difficult economic and moral conditions of post-World War II Italy, representing changes in the Italian psyche and conditions of everyday life, including poverty, oppression, injustice, and desperation.
Bitter Rice is a 1949 Italian film made by Lux Film, written and directed by Giuseppe De Santis. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, starring Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone, Doris Dowling and Vittorio Gassman, Bitter Rice was a commercial success in Europe and the United States. It was a product of the Italian neorealism style. The Italian title of the film is based on a pun; since the Italian word riso can mean either "rice" or "laughter", riso amaro can be taken to mean either "bitter laughter" or "bitter rice".
De Laurentiis relocated to the US in 1976,and became an American citizen in 1986. In the 1980s he had his own studio, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG), based in Wilmington, North Carolina. The building of the studio made Wilmington a center of film and television production.
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) was an entertainment production company and distribution unit founded by Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis. The company is notable for producing Manhunter, Blue Velvet, the horror films Near Dark and Evil Dead II, King Kong Lives, and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, as well as distributing The Transformers: The Movie.
Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States.
De Laurentiis made a number of successful and acclaimed films, including The Scientific Cardplayer (1972), Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Mandingo (1975), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Shootist (1976), Drum (1976), Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg (1977), Ragtime (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982), Blue Velvet (1986) and Breakdown (1997). De Laurentiis' name became well known through the 1976 King Kong remake, which was a commercial hit; Lipstick (1976), a rape and revenge drama; Orca (1977), a killer whale film; The White Buffalo (1977), a western; the disaster movie Hurricane (1979); the remake of Flash Gordon (1980); David Lynch's Dune (1984); and King Kong Lives (1986). De Laurentiis also made several adaptations of Stephen King's works, including The Dead Zone (1983), Cat's Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985), and Maximum Overdrive (1986). De Laurentiis's company was involved with the horror sequels Halloween II (1981), Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992).
The Scientific Cardplayer is the English language title of a 1972 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Luigi Comencini. The screenplay was written by Rodolfo Sonego.
Serpico is a 1973 American neo-noir biographical crime film directed by Sidney Lumet, and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer Frank Serpico, who went undercover to expose corruption in the police force. Both Maas's book and the film cover 12 years, 1960 to 1972.
Death Wish is a 1974 American vigilante action film, loosely based on the 1972 novel of the same title by Brian Garfield. The film was directed by Michael Winner and stars Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, an architect who becomes a vigilante after his wife is murdered and his daughter sexually assaulted during a home invasion. It was the first of the Death Wish film franchise.
De Laurentiis also produced the first Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter (1986), an adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon . He passed on adapting the novels' sequel, The Silence of the Lambs (1991),[ citation needed ] but produced the two follow-ups, Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002), a re-adaptation of the novel. He also produced the prequel Hannibal Rising (2007), which tells the story of how Hannibal becomes a serial killer.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter is the main character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. A respected Baltimore socialite and renowned forensic psychiatrist, who moonlights as a cunning, highly-intelligent, cannibalistic and psychopathic serial killer, Lecter, also known as the "Chesapeake Ripper", is a central character in the novels featuring him. He is incarcerated by the authorities and consulted by the FBI to assist them in finding other similar serial killers within the United States.
Manhunter is a 1986 American psychological crime horror thriller film based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Written and directed by Michael Mann, it stars William Petersen as FBI profiler Will Graham. Also featured are Tom Noonan as serial killer Francis Dollarhyde, Dennis Farina as Graham's FBI superior Jack Crawford, and Brian Cox as incarcerated killer Hannibal Lecktor. The film focuses on Graham coming out of retirement to lend his talents to an investigation on Dollarhyde, a killer known as the "Tooth Fairy". In doing so, he must confront the demons of his past and meet with Lecktor, who nearly counted Graham amongst his victims.
William Thomas Harris III is an American writer, best known for a series of suspense novels about his most famous character, Hannibal Lecter. The majority of his works have been made into films, the most notable being The Silence of the Lambs, which became only the third film in Academy Awards history to sweep the Oscars in major categories.
In the 1980s, de Laurentiis owned and operated DDL Foodshow, a specialty retailer with two gourmet Italian markets in New York City and Los Angeles.
His brief first marriage in Italy was annulled.In 1949, De Laurentiis married actress Silvana Mangano, with whom he had four children: Veronica; Raffaella, who is also a film producer; Federico, another producer who died in a plane crash in 1981 (Dino's movie Dune is dedicated to him); and Francesca. De Laurentiis and Mangano divorced in 1988; she died in 1989. In 1990, he married Martha Schumacher, who produced many of his films since 1985, and with whom he had two daughters, Carolyna and Dina. One of his grandchildren is Giada De Laurentiis, host of Everyday Italian , Behind the Bash , Giada at Home, and Giada's Weekend Getaways on Food Network. He was the younger brother of Luigi De Laurentiis, who became a film producer after Dino did, and uncle of Aurelio De Laurentiis, also a producer and the chairman of S.S.C. Napoli football club.
In 1958, he won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film for producing La Strada , back when producers and directors would win the award instead of the country it was made in.
In 2001, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[ citation needed ]
In 2012, he received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation (in memory).[ citation needed ]
De Laurentiis died on 10 November 2010 at his residence in Beverly Hills at the age of 91.
|1946||Black Eagle||Riccardo Freda|
|The Bandit||Alberto Lattuada|
|1947||The Captain's Daughter||Mario Camerini|
|Bullet for Stefano||Duilio Coletti|
|1948||Bitter Rice||Giuseppe De Santis|
|The Street Has Many Dreams||Mario Camerini|
|1949||The Wolf of the Sila||Duilio Coletti|
|1952||Europe '51||Roberto Rossellini|
|Toto in Color||Steno|
|1953||Funniest Show on Earth||Mario Mattoli|
|The Unfaithfuls||Mario Monicelli|
|Man, Beast and Virtue||Steno|
|1954||La Strada||Federico Fellini|
|Woman of Rome||Luigi Zampa|
|The Gold of Naples||Vittorio De Sica|
|Poverty and Nobility||Mario Mattoli|
|Where Is Freedom?||Roberto Rossellini|
|A Slice of Life||Alessandro Blasetti, Paul Paviot|
|An American in Rome||Steno|
|The River Girl||Mario Soldati|
|The Miller's Beautiful Wife||Mario Camerini|
|1956||War and Peace||King Vidor|
|Nights of Cabiria||Federico Fellini|
|1958||This Angry Age||René Clément|
|1959||The Great War||Mario Monicelli|
|1960||Everybody Go Home||Luigi Comencini|
|Five Branded Women||Martin Ritt|
|Under Ten Flags||Duilio Coletti|
|The Hunchback of Rome||Carlo Lizzani|
|1961||The Last Judgment||Vittorio De Sica|
|A Difficult Life||Dino Risi|
|The Fascist||Luciano Salce|
|The Best of Enemies||Guy Hamilton|
|Black City||Duilio Coletti|
|The Italian Brigands||Mario Camerini|
|1963||Il Boom||Vittorio De Sica|
|The Verona Trial||Carlo Lizzani|
|1965||Battle of the Bulge||Ken Annakin|
|1966||The Bible: In the Beginning||John Huston|
|Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die||Henry Levin|
|1967||The Stranger||Luchino Visconti|
|1968||Danger: Diabolik||Mario Bava|
|Anzio||Edward Dmytryk, Duilio Coletti|
|Bandits in Milan||Carlo Lizzani|
|1969||Fräulein Doktor||Alberto Lattuada|
|Brief Season||Renato Castellani|
|The Bandit||Carlo Lizzani|
|1970||A Man Called Sledge||Vic Morrow|
|The Deserter||Burt Kennedy|
|1972||The Valachi Papers||Terence Young|
|The Assassin of Rome||Damiano Damiani|
|The Most Wonderful Evening of My Life||Ettore Scola|
|Mean Frank and Crazy Tony||Michele Lupo|
|1974||Death Wish||Michael Winner|
|Two Missionaries||Franco Rossi|
|Crazy Joe||Carlo Lizzani|
|Three Tough Guys||Duccio Tessari|
|1976||King Kong||John Guillermin|
|Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson||Robert Altman|
|The Serpent's Egg||Ingmar Bergman|
|The Shootist||Don Siegel|
|1978||The Brink's Job||William Friedkin|
|King of the Gypsies||Frank Pierson|
|1980||Flash Gordon||Mike Hodges|
|1981||Halloween II||Rick Rosenthal|
|1982||Fighting Back||Lewis Teague|
|Conan the Barbarian||John Milius|
|Amityville II: The Possession||Damiano Damiani|
|1983||Amityville 3-D||Richard Fleischer|
|Halloween III: Season of the Witch||Tommy Lee Wallace|
|Dead Zone||David Cronenberg|
|1984||The Bounty||Roger Donaldson|
|Firestarter||Mark L. Lester|
|Conan the Destroyer||Richard Fleischer|
|1985||Maximum Overdrive||Stephen King|
|Silver Bullet||Daniel Attias|
|Cat's Eye||Lewis Teague|
|Year of the Dragon||Michael Cimino|
|Red Sonja||Richard Fleischer|
|1986||Crimes of the Heart||Bruce Beresford|
|Raw Deal||John Irvin|
|Blue Velvet||David Lynch|
|Trick or Treat||Charles Martin Smith|
|King Kong Lives||John Guillermin|
|1987||Million Dollar Mystery||Richard Fleischer|
|Hiding Out||Bob Giraldi|
|Evil Dead II||Sam Raimi|
|The Bedroom Window||Curtis Hanson|
|1989||Collision Course||Lewis Teague|
|From the Hip||Bob Clark|
|1990||Sometimes They Come Back||Tom McLoughlin|
|Desperate Hours||Michael Cimino|
|1992||Once Upon a Crime||Eugene Levy|
|Kuffs||Bruce A. Evans|
|Army of Darkness||Sam Raimi|
|1993||Body of Evidence||Uli Edel|
|1995||Solomon & Sheba||Robert Young|
|Slave of Dreams||Robert Young|
|Rumpelstiltskin||Mark Jones (I)|
|2002||Red Dragon||Brett Ratner|
|2006||The Last Legion||Doug Lefler|
|2007||Hannibal Rising||Peter Webber|
|Virgin Territory||David Leland|
Silvana Mangano was an Italian actress.
King Kong is a 1976 American monster film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. It is a remake of the 1933 film of the same name about a giant ape that is captured and imported to New York City for exhibition. Featuring special effects by Carlo Rambaldi, it stars Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin and Jessica Lange in her first film role.
Hannibal is a 2001 American psychological horror thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from Thomas Harris's 1999 novel of the same name. It is the sequel to the 1991 Academy Award–winning film The Silence of the Lambs in which Anthony Hopkins returns to his role as the serial killer, Hannibal Lecter. Julianne Moore co-stars, in the role first held by Jodie Foster, as FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling.
Raw Deal is 1986 American action film directed by John Irvin and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin and Sam Wanamaker. The film was released in the United States on June 6, 1986. The film tells the story of an elderly and embittered high-ranking FBI chief, Harry Shannon, who wants to get revenge against a Mafia organization and sends a former FBI agent and now small-town sheriff Mark Kaminski to destroy the organization from the inside.
Giada Pamela De Laurentiis is an Italian-born American chef, writer, and television personality. She is the host of Food Network's Giada at Home. She also appears regularly as a contributor and guest co-host on NBC's Today. De Laurentiis is the founder of the catering business GDL Foods. She is a winner of the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host, the Gracie Award for Best Television Host, and in 2012, she was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.
Food Network Star is a reality television series that premiered June 5, 2005. It was produced by CBS EYEtoo Productions for seasons 1–8 and by Triage Entertainment for subsequent seasons. It airs on the Food Network in the United States. Prior to season seven, the series was known as The Next Food Network Star.
Aurelio De Laurentiis is a prominent Italian film producer through his company, Filmauro and the current chairman of his native Italian football club Napoli. In 1995, he was a member of the jury at the 19th Moscow International Film Festival.
Ulysses is a 1954 Italian fantasy-adventure film based on Homer's epic poem Odyssey. The movie was directed by Mario Camerini, who co-wrote the screenplay with writer Franco Brusati. The original choice for director was Georg Wilhelm Pabst but he quit at the last minute. The film's cinematographer Mario Bava co-directed the Polyphemus Cyclops segment (uncredited).
Funniest Show on Earth is a 1953 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring May Britt. It is the first Italian film in 3D.
Raffaella De Laurentiis is an Italian film producer. Films that she has produced include Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, Dune, Prancer, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, all films in the Dragonheart series, The Forbidden Kingdom and Kull the Conqueror.
Veronica De Laurentiis is an Italian author and actress. She is the daughter of Silvana Mangano and Dino De Laurentiis. At eighteen, she was cast in the film Waterloo, starring Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer. The film was produced by her father. She then retired from acting following the birth of her first child, Giada De Laurentiis, in 1970.
Edoardo Ponti is an Italian director. He is the son of actress Sophia Loren and producer Carlo Ponti Sr. and the brother of conductor Carlo Ponti.
Lux Film was an Italian film distribution company founded by Riccardo Gualino in 1934.
The Nastro d'Argento is a film award assigned each year, since 1946, by Sindacato Nazionale dei Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani, the association of Italian film critics.
This Angry Age is a 1958 Italian-American drama film directed by René Clément, produced by Dino De Laurentiis, and starring Anthony Perkins and Silvana Mangano. It is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras' 1950 novel, The Sea Wall. The original novel was adapted again in 2008 by Rithy Panh as The Sea Wall, starring Isabelle Huppert.
Martha De Laurentiis is an American film producer. She was credited as Martha Schumacher until 1995.
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