Film director Dino Risi, who chronicled
the bittersweet and lighter side of Italy’s post-war economic
boom, died on Saturday, the residence where he lived said.
Risi, who was 91, was known as one of the masters of the
Commedia all’Italiana (Italian comedy). He had been ill for
some time and died in a Rome residence where had lived for
Among the most famous of his more than 50 films were Poveri
ma Belli (Poor but Beautiful), Belle ma Povere (Poor Girl,
Pretty Girl) and Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life) and his 1974 film Profumo di Donna (Scent of a Woman), which won two
Oscar nominations. It told the story of an army captain left
blind by the war who tours Italy with an aide using his highly
developed sense of smell to identify types of women.
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