Italian screenwriter Mario Monicelli died Monday in Rome. He was 95 and twice in his lifetime he received Oscar nominations; I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal On Madonna Street, 1958) and Casanova (1970). He made his first short film when he was 19 and some obituaries say that he wrote as many as 100 screenplays.
“The Italian comedy revolves around arguments and themes that are very dramatic, and sometimes tragic…The themes that make one laugh always stem from poverty, hunger, misery, old age, sickness, and death. These are the themes that make Italians laugh anyway. And the best one’s have always used these.”
An Interview with Mario Minicelli (1999)