By Indiewire | Indiewire April 6, 2007 at 10:48AM
Filmmaker Luigi Comencini, one of the fathers of the popular comedy genre that marked the golden age of Italian postwar cinema, died on Friday aged 90, officials said. Comencini, who was also known as the "children's director" for his films about childhood, worked with some of Italy's most famous actors from Vittorio Gassman to Marcello Mastroianni and Alberto Sordi. Among his best-known famous films were the 1953 "Pane," "Amore e Fantasia" (Bread, Love and Dreams), which starred Gina Lollobrigida as an untamed peasant girl resisting the courtship of a middle-aged police chief, played by Vittorio De Sica. Reuters reports.