Mario Monicelli: Italian Director Dies at 95 After Window Jump
Mario Monicelli Jumps from Hospital Window in Rome
Italian writer-director Mario Monicelli has died at age 95 after jumping from a fifth-floor window of San Giovanni Hospital in Rome. Mario Monicelli had been admitted to hospital for prostate cancer just a few days earlier.
Active in the film world from 1935 to 2006, Mario Monicelli directed 68 films. He has won numerous awards, including a lifetime achievement award from the Venice Film Festival. His film La Grande Guerra (The Great War) is considered his best work, winning the Golden Lion at Venice, as well as an Academy Award nomination.
Most of his career he mixed humour, an ironic view of history and comedy teased out of the inflated ambitions of the everyday man. His classic Italian comedies included films such as Caro Michele, Amici miei (My Friends) and Il Marchese del Grillo.
He worked with all of Italy's stars including Monica Vitti, Anna Magnani, Giancarlo Giannini, Stefania Sandrelli, Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren and Enrico Montesano.