Legendary Italian movie producer Dino De Laurentiis died this past Wednesday. He produced films for more than 60 years and became a notorious movie gambler, making films that were both spectacular successes and spectacular failures. He first came to prominence producing Federico Fellini films, including La Strada which won De Laurentiis an Oscar in 1957. The following decades he made films for the international market including several literary adaptations, such as Barabbas, Serpico, Three Days of the Condor, and the 1976 remake of King Kong. By the 1980s and 1990s, he was as well-known for his hits as his misses. For every Ragtime, The Bounty, or Conan the Barbarian (which made Arnold Schwarzenegger a movie star) there was a Flash Gordon, Dune, or Body of Evidence (which proved Madonna wasn’t). He continued to produce literary adaptations, most from Stephen King and Thomas Harris, including The Dead Zone, Firestarter, Manhunter, Red Dragon, and Hannibal. De Laurentiis was 91.

 

Advertisements