Screenwriter Tonino Guerra dies

By Robert Kirchgassner,

Renowned screenwriter Tonino Guerra died in his native Italy Thursday at age 92.

He was reportedly ill for several months and lived his final days at his home in Rimini.

Guerra began his writing career while in a concentration camp during World War II.
He went on to work with legendary filmmakers such as Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Theo Angelopoulos. He wrote over 100 screenplays during his 52-year career.

Guerra received Oscar nominations for Casanova 70 (1965), Blow-Up (1966) and Amarcord(1973, although the film would win the 1975 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film).

He was honored with the Best Screenplay award for The Voyage to Cythera at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

Guerra was also known for painting and writing poetry.

In the 1980s, he became known for his appearances in a series of television ads on Italian TV for retail electronics.

In 2003, Guerra became a Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, which is the highest civilian honor in Italy.

“Tonino was an extraordinary person who lived through practically a whole century of Italian culture,”said former Italy culture minister, Walter Veltroni, according to Inside Movies. “We have lost a poet, a genius and marvellous person.”

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