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Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Tonino Guerra, Who Wrote 'Blow-Up' and 'Amarcord,' Dies at 92

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire March 22, 2012 at 2:53PM

Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra, the man behind Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blow-Up" and Federico Fellini's "Amarcord," has died at 92. The three-time Oscar nominee had been battling illness for several months in Rimini in central Italy, the AFP reported. Born in 1920, Guerra began writing while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II. Since penning his first script for Giuseppe De Santis' "Men and Wolves" (1956), Guerra has gone on to write for some of the top Italian filmmakers of all time, including Vittorio De Sica ("Marriage Italian Style"), Mario Monicelli ("Caro Michele") and Francesco Rosi ("Lucky Luciano"). He also collaborated with Greek auteur Theo Angelopoulos on the dreamlike "Voyage to Cythera," and with Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky on "Nostalgia." All in all, he's responsible for more than 100 screenplays over the course of his 52-year career.
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"Blow-Up"
"Blow-Up"

Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra, the man behind Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blow-Up" and Federico Fellini's "Amarcord," has died at 92. The three-time Oscar nominee had been battling illness for several months in Rimini in central Italy, the AFP reported.

Born in 1920, Guerra began writing while imprisoned in a German concentration camp during World War II.

Since penning his first script for Giuseppe De Santis' "Men and Wolves" (1956), Guerra has gone on to write for some of the top Italian filmmakers of all time, including Vittorio De Sica ("Marriage Italian Style"), Mario Monicelli ("Caro Michele") and Francesco Rosi ("Lucky Luciano"). He also collaborated with Greek auteur Theo Angelopoulos on the dreamlike "Voyage to Cythera," and with Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky on "Nostalgia."

All in all, he's responsible for more than 100 screenplays over the course of his 52-year career.

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