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June 23, 2021

In memoriam: Dino De Laurentiis

Dino De Laurentiis, producer of such films as ‘Barbarella,’ ‘The Dead Zone’and ‘Hannibal,’ has passed away last week, Entertain­ment Weekly informs. The Italian film mogul who produced films ranging from ‘Barbarella’ to ‘Serpico’ to ‘Conan the Barbarian,’ will be laid to rest today in Beverly Hills. Mourners are being asked to wear red at the funeral.

“Dino would not have wanted to see a sea of black at his funeral,” his family wrote in a statement on Saturday, Italian news agencies reported. Producing more than 500 movies over almost 60 years, Dino De Laurentiis became famous for his grand, sweeping epics such as The Bible: In The Beginning, Battle Of The Bulge and the 1976 remake of King Kong. Nevertheless, De Laurentiis’ most interesting and fondly remembered films were smaller in scale. 1973’s Serpico, directed by Sidney Lumet, boasted a remarkable performance from Al Pacino, while 1983’s The Dead Zone paired director David Cronenberg with Christopher Walken in unforgettable style. Inevitably for such a prolific producer, not everything De Laurentiis’ fingers touched turned to gold – Flash Gordon, Dune and Maximum Overdrive (writer Stephen King’s first and only directorial credit) all underperformed at the box office – films such as ‘Death Wish,’ ‘King Kong’ and, most recently, ‘Hannibal,’ were huge commercial successes.

De Laurentiis also produced such cult classics as ‘Barbarella’ Sam Raimi’s classic sequels ‘Evil Dead 2’ and ‘Army Of Darkness,’ and the Wachowski brothers’ noirish debut, ‘Bound.’

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