Italian Director Ettore Scola Dies at 84

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He was perhaps best known for 'We All Loved Each Other So Much,' his 1977 tableau about post-war Italy.

ROME (AP) — Ettore Scola, one of the last greats of Italian film, has died at age 84.

RAI state radio and the ANSA news agency said Scola died late Tuesday at a Rome hospital after falling ill on Sunday.

Scola, who started out as a screenwriter, won best director honors at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976 for Brutti, Sporchi, Cattivi (The Good, Bad and Ugly).

But he was perhaps best known for We All Loved Each Other So Much, his 1977 tableau about post-war Italy, and the Oscar-nominated A Special Day, featuring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren as neighbors who meet during Adolf Hitler's visit to Italy in 1938.

Premier Matteo Renzi said Scola had an incomparable way of reading Italian society and said in a tweet that his death "leaves an enormous hole in Italian culture."

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