A giant of Italian cinema died this week. Mario Monicelli was 95. The New York Times has a nice write up about his career.
His film 1958 film I SOLITI IGNOTI (English title, BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET) is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Starring Vittorio Gassman, Toto and Marcello Mastroianni, the movie is hilarious and moving.
It was later remade twice in America. The latest version was the film WELCOME TO COLLINGWOOD staring George Clooney.
Mr. Monicelli had a cameo in the film UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN. He played the older gentleman who left flowers by the shrine every day.
RIP Mr. Monicelli.