Monday, November 29, 2010

RIP Mario Monicelli

And sometimes the Grim Reaper just takes out its scythe and just keeps cutting... Hot on the heels of the announcements that Irvin Kershner and then Leslie Nielsen have died comes the notice that Italian filmmaker Mario Monicelli, a pioneer in Italian cinematic comedy, has also passed away (after throwing himself from his hospital room, no less).

Monicelli's Wikipedia page tells us: "Upon receiving his Golden Lion for Career in the 1991 Venice Film Festival, Monicelli declared: 'Cinema will never die, it was born and cannot die. The cinema hall will die perhaps, but I definitely don't care of this'." Not sure if online cinema was what he was thinking about, but we're please to have his 1979 comedy Lovers & Liars, starring Goldie Hawn and Giancarlo Giannini, available to all Jaman users worldwide at no charge.

Addio, Mario.

Lovers & Liars

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