Famed film producer Dino De Laurentiis died early Thursday morning in Los Angeles, Variety has confirmed. He was 91.
Though he never directed a film, his name burst through the world of little-known producers, becoming one of the premiere names of both Italian cinema and Hollywood productions. His long career, spanning from pre-war Italy to 2007's trio of 'Hannibal Rising,' 'The Last Legion' and 'Virgin Territory,' stretched beyond genres and cinematic sentimentalities. He produced important films of the Italian New Wave ('La Strada') through to cult gems like 'Danger: Diabolik' and 'Barbarella.'
His on-going success bubbled out of his interest in breaking the boundaries of cinema and moving away from vertically integrated systems and into international co-productions. In the '60s, Italy's socialist government led the famed producer to move to New York, but his production portfolio was nowhere near complete.