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Subject: Italian director Francesco Rosi dies at 92

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/13/15 at 4:51 am

Italian director Francesco Rosi, one of the country's most acclaimed and influential film-makers from the 1950s to the '90s, has died at the age of 92.

Rosi continued the Italian post-war neo-realist style, inspiring the likes of Francis Coppola and Martin Scorsese.

His features often examined corruption and criminality.

His film Hands Over the City won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1963, while The Mattei Affair won the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 1972.

And in 2012, he was awarded an honorary Golden Lion for lifetime achievement for leaving "an indelible mark on the history of Italian film-making".

Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino paid tribute to him, saying: "There are directors, and they are few and far between, who are capable of constructing worlds, and they do it by the invention of methods and styles. Rosi was one of the very few."

Film-maker Franco Zeffirelli, a long-time friend, said Rosi's death was "like experiencing a mutilation".

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