An Italian director whose movies were nominated for multiple Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film has died. Reuters reports that Ettore Scola died Tuesday night in a hospital in Rome.
Scola, 84, died after being in a coma for several days.
Scola’s Oscar-nominated films included “A Special Day” (1977), “Viva Italia!” (1978), “Le Bal” (1983) and “The Family” (1987).
“One of his most acclaimed films was the 1977 ‘A Special Day,’ which tells the story of a chance encounter of a few hours between [Marcello] Mastroianni, playing a homosexual about to be deported by fascists, and [Sophia] Loren as a repressed, sentimental housewife married to a hardcore follower of dictator Benito Mussolini,” Reuters notes.
Loren is quoted telling Italian television: “Ettore Scola had a refined intelligence, a beautiful type of irony about him, and he was a real gentleman.”