Dino De Laurentiis

Dino De Laurentiis

De Laurentiis in 2009
Born Agostino De Laurentiis
(1919-08-08)8 August 1919
Torre Annunziata, Campania, Italy
Died 10 November 2010(2010-11-10) (aged 91)
Beverly Hills, California
Resting place Cimitero Comunale Torre Annunziata
Occupation film producer
Years active 1938–2010
Spouse(s) Silvana Mangano
(m.1949-div.1988; 4 children)
Martha Schumacher
(m.1990–2010; his death, 2 children)

Agostino "Dino" De Laurentiis (Italian: [ˈdiːno de lauˈrɛntis] 8 August 1919 – 10 November 2010) was an Italian film producer. Along with Carlo Ponti, he was one of the producers that brought Italian cinema to the international scene at the end of World War II. He produced or co-produced more than 500 films, of which 38 were nominated for Academy Awards. He also had a brief acting career in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Early life

He was born at Torre Annunziata in the province of Naples, and grew up selling spaghetti made by his father's pasta factory. He started his studies at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome in the years 1937–1938 then interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War.


Film production

Following his first movie, L'ultimo Combattimento (1940), Laurentiis produced nearly 150 films during the next seven decades. In 1946 his company, the Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, moved into production. In the early years, De Laurentiis produced Italian neorealist films such as Bitter Rice (1946) and the Fellini classics La Strada (1954) and Nights of Cabiria (1956), often in collaboration with producer Carlo Ponti. In the 1960s, Laurentiis built his own studio facilities, although these financially collapsed during the 1970s. During this period, though, De Laurentiis produced such films as Barabbas (1961), a Christian religious epic; The Bible: In the Beginning (1966), Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, an imitation James Bond film; Navajo Joe (1966), a spaghetti western; Anzio (1968), a World War II film; Barbarella (1968) and Danger: Diabolik (1968), both successful comic book adaptations; and The Valachi Papers (1972), made to coincide with the popularity of The Godfather.

De Laurentiis relocated to the US in 1976,[1] and became an American citizen in 1986.[2] In the 1980s he had his own studio, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG), based in Wilmington, North Carolina. The building of the studio made Wilmington a center of film and television production.[3]

De Laurentiis made a number of successful and acclaimed films, including The Scientific Cardplayer (1972), Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Mandingo (1975), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Shootist (1976), Drum (1976), Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg (1977), Ragtime (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982), Blue Velvet (1986) and Breakdown (1997). De Laurentiis' name become well known through the 1976 King Kong remake, which was a commercial hit; Lipstick (1976), a rape and revenge drama; Orca (1977), a killer whale film; The White Buffalo (1977), a western; the disaster movie Hurricane (1979); the remake of Flash Gordon (1980); David Lynch's Dune (1984); and King Kong Lives (1986). De Laurentiis also made several adaptations of Stephen King's works, including The Dead Zone (1983), Cat's Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985), and Maximum Overdrive (1986). De Laurentiis's company was involved with the horror sequels Halloween II (1981), Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992).

De Laurentiis also produced the first Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter (1986), an adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. He passed on adapting the novels' sequel, The Silence of the Lambs (1991), but produced the two follow-ups, Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002), a re-adaptation of the novel. He also produced the prequel Hannibal Rising (2007), which tells the story of how Hannibal becomes a serial killer.

DDL Foodshow

In the 1980s, de Laurentiis owned and operated DDL Foodshow, a specialty retailer with two gourmet Italian markets in New York City and Los Angeles.[4]


His brief first marriage in Italy was annulled.[5] In 1949, De Laurentiis married actress Silvana Mangano, with whom he had four children: Veronica; Raffaella, who is also a film producer; Federico, another producer who died in a plane crash in 1981 (Dino's movie Dune is dedicated to him); and Francesca. De Laurentiis and Mangano divorced in 1988;[6] she died in 1989. In 1990, he married Martha Schumacher, who produced many of his films since 1985, and with whom he had two daughters, Carolyna and Dina. One of his grandchildren is Giada De Laurentiis, host of Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash, Giada at Home, and Giada's Weekend Getaways on Food Network. He was the younger brother of Luigi De Laurentiis, who became a film producer after Dino did, and uncle of Aurelio De Laurentiis, also a producer and the chairman of S.S.C. Napoli football club.

Awards and recognitions

In 1958, he won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film for producing La Strada, back when producers and directors would win the award instead of the country it was made in.

In 2001, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2012, he received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation (in memory).


De Laurentiis died on 10 November 2010 at his residence in Beverly Hills at the age of 91.[7][8][9][10]

Selected filmography

Year Title Director
1946 Black Eagle Riccardo Freda
The Bandit Alberto Lattuada
1947 The Captain's Daughter Mario Camerini
Bullet for Stefano Duilio Coletti
1948 Bitter Rice Giuseppe De Santis
The Street Has Many Dreams Mario Camerini
1949 The Wolf of the Sila Duilio Coletti
1951 Anna Alberto Lattuada
1952 Europe '51 Roberto Rossellini
Toto in Color Steno
1953 Funniest Show on Earth Mario Mattoli
The Unfaithfuls Mario Monicelli
Man, Beast and Virtue Steno
1954 La Strada Federico Fellini
Attila Pietro Francisci
Woman of Rome Luigi Zampa
The Gold of Naples Vittorio De Sica
Poverty and Nobility Mario Mattoli
Where Is Freedom? Roberto Rossellini
A Slice of Life Alessandro Blasetti, Paul Paviot
An American in Rome Steno
1955 Ulysses Mario Camerini
The River Girl Mario Soldati
Mambo Robert Rossen
The Miller's Beautiful Wife Mario Camerini
1956 War and Peace King Vidor
Nights of Cabiria Federico Fellini
1958 This Angry Age René Clément
Tempest Alberto Lattuada
1959 The Great War Mario Monicelli
1960 Everybody Go Home Luigi Comencini
Five Branded Women Martin Ritt
Under Ten Flags Duilio Coletti
Crimen Mario Camerini
The Hunchback of Rome Carlo Lizzani
1961 The Last Judgment Vittorio De Sica
A Difficult Life Dino Risi
The Fascist Luciano Salce
The Best of Enemies Guy Hamilton
Black City Duilio Coletti
1962 Mafioso Alberto Lattuada
The Italian Brigands Mario Camerini
1963 Il Boom Vittorio De Sica
The Verona Trial Carlo Lizzani
1965 Battle of the Bulge Ken Annakin
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning John Huston
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die Henry Levin
1967 The Stranger Luchino Visconti
Matchless Alberto Lattuada
1968 Danger: Diabolik Mario Bava
Barbarella Roger Vadim
Anzio Edward Dmytryk, Duilio Coletti
Bandits in Milan Carlo Lizzani
1969 Fräulein Doktor Alberto Lattuada
Brief Season Renato Castellani
1970 A Man Called Sledge Vic Morrow
The Bandit Carlo Lizzani
1971 The Deserter Burt Kennedy
1972 The Valachi Papers Terence Young
The Assassin of Rome Damiano Damiani
The Most Wonderful Evening of My Life Ettore Scola
1973 Serpico Sidney Lumet
Chino John Sturges
Mean Frank and Crazy Tony Michele Lupo
1974 Death Wish Michael Winner
Two Missionaries Franco Rossi
Crazy Joe Carlo Lizzani
Three Tough Guys Duccio Tessari
1975 Mandingo Richard Fleischer
1976 King Kong John Guillermin
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson Robert Altman
Drum Steve Carver
The Serpent's Egg Ingmar Bergman
The Shootist Don Siegel
1978 The Brink's Job William Friedkin
King of the Gypsies Frank Pierson
1979 Hurricane Jan Troell
1980 Flash Gordon Mike Hodges
1981 Halloween II Rick Rosenthal
Ragtime Miloš Forman
1982 Fighting Back Lewis Teague
Conan the Barbarian John Milius
Amityville II: The Possession Damiano Damiani
1983 Amityville 3-D Richard Fleischer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch Tommy Lee Wallace
Dead Zone David Cronenberg
1984 Conan the Destroyer Richard Fleischer
Firestarter Mark L. Lester
Dune David Lynch
The Bounty Roger Donaldson
1985 Maximum Overdrive Stephen King
Marie Roger Donaldson
Silver Bullet Daniel Attias
Cat's Eye Lewis Teague
Year of the Dragon Michael Cimino
Red Sonja Richard Fleischer
1986 Crimes of the Heart Bruce Beresford
Raw Deal John Irvin
Blue Velvet David Lynch
Trick or Treat Charles Martin Smith
Tai-Pan Daryl Duke
Manhunter Michael Mann
King Kong Lives John Guillermin
1987 Million Dollar Mystery Richard Fleischer
Hiding Out Bob Giraldi
Evil Dead II Sam Raimi
The Bedroom Window Curtis Hanson
1989 Collision Course Lewis Teague
From the Hip Bob Clark
1990 Sometimes They Come Back Tom McLoughlin
Desperate Hours Michael Cimino
1992 Once Upon a Crime Eugene Levy
Kuffs Bruce A. Evans
Army of Darkness Sam Raimi
1993 Body of Evidence Uli Edel
1995 Solomon & Sheba Robert Young
Slave of Dreams Robert Young
Rumpelstiltskin Mark Jones (I)
Assassins Richard Donner
1996 Unforgettable John Dahl
Bound The Wachowskis
1997 Breakdown Jonathan Mostow
2000 U-571 Jonathan Mostow
2001 Hannibal Ridley Scott
2002 Red Dragon Brett Ratner
2006 The Last Legion Doug Lefler
2007 Hannibal Rising Peter Webber
Virgin Territory David Leland


  1. Lane, John Francis (11 November 2010). "Obituary: Dino De Laurentiis". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  2. Delugach, Al (20 February 1988). "De Laurentiis Resigns From Film Group". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  3. "Laurentiis has others looking our way". Wilmington Morning Star. 9 July 1984. p. 1C. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  4. Kalogerakis, George (February 2002). "Let's Do Lunch". Foodandwine.com. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  5. Arnold, Laurence (11 November 2010). "Dino De Laurentiis, Producer of Film Spectacles, Dies at 91". Business Week. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  6. Reuters (11 November 2010). "Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis dies". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  7. "Filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis Dies at Age 91". USA Today. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  8. "Movie Producer Dino de Laurentiis dies". CNN. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  9. Mondello, Bob (11 November 2010). "Dino De Laurentiis: For Decades, A Big-Picture Guy". NPR. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  10. "Funeral services for De Laurentiis will be held Monday". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Tribune Co. 13 November 2010. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dino De Laurentiis.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/19/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.