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Dino Risi (December 23 1916June 7 2008) was an Italianmarker film director. With Mario Monicelli, Luigi Comencini, Nanni Loy and Ettore Scola, he was one of the masters of Commedia all'italiana. He was born in Milanmarker.

At the age of 12 Risi became an orphan and was looked after by relatives and friends of his family. He studied medicine and later became a psychologist.

Risi started his career in cinema as an assistant director to iconic cinema figures such as Mario Soldati and Alberto Lattuada. Later he began directing his own films and was credited with giving early opportunities to future acting stars such as Sophia Loren and Vittorio Gassman.

His biggest hits were Poor, But Handsome (Poveri ma belli), followed by two sequels, which he also directed; A Difficult Life (Una vita difficile); The Easy Life (Il sorpasso); Opiate '67 or, in a cut version, 15 From Rome (I Mostri); and Scent Of A Woman (Profumo di Donna), which was remade starring Al Pacino in 1992.

In 2002, he was awarded the Golden Lion – Honorary Award (Leone d'oro alla carriera) at the Venice Film Festival for his life-time work.

He died on June 7 2008 at his residence in Romemarker. He was 91 and is survived by two children, Claudio and Marco.

Filmography

See also :Category:Films directed by Dino Risi


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