Aurelio De Laurentiis receives Italian honor

11:35 AM PST 10/31/2008 by Eric J. Lyman, AP

Giorgio Napolitano presents Knights of Labor honor

ROME -- Italian film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis on Friday was presented with the Knights of Labor honor from the country's president Giorgio Napolitano.

De Laurentiis, 59, is head of the successful production company Filmauro and a member of Italy's best-known cinema industry families.

But he is not the first member of the family to be honored with Italy's highest civilian honor: Luigi, Aurelio's father, was so honored in 2000, and his uncle Dino received the same honor in 1966 -- both for their work in the cinema industry.
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