Friday, July 4, 2014

Remembering Age Incrocci

Agenore ‘Age’ Incrocci was born on July 4, 1919 in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. Incrocci was born into a Brescia family including several actors, such as his sister Zoe [1917-2003], and spent his youth moving with them to numerous places in Italy. His first work in the cinema world was as a dubber for Mario Monicelli's first movie, “I ragazzi della” directed by Via Paal (1935). Subsequently he worked in radio, and started writing comic scripts. He also studied law, but without graduating.
He spent the first four years of World War II in France, as a prisoner of the French Army first and, later, of the Wehrmacht. He managed to escape, however, and fought for a year with the U.S. Army. Back from the front, he worked again in radio and wrote for theatre and humor magazines.
Age wrote his first screenplay for “I due orfanelli”, directed by Mario Mattoli. In 1949 he started his famous collaboration with Furio Scarpelli, as the duo Age & Scarpelli.
Together with Scarpelli, he worked on a total of 120 Italian movies. These include some of the most famous of all, such as Sergio Leone's “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, Mario Monicelli's “I soliti ignoti” and many Totò movies. He also worked on some scripts on his own, such as that of Pietro Germi's “Divorzio all'italiana”.
As an actor, he took a part in “La terrazza” by Ettore Scola (screenplay by Age & Scarpelli, of course) and “Ecce Bombo” by Nanni Moretti.
Incrocci died in Rome on November 15, 2005.
Today we remember Age Incrocci on what would have been his 95th birthday.

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