Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Remembering Furio Scarpelli

Furio Scarpelli was born on December 16, 1919 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. The son of cartoonist Filiberto Scarpelli [1870-1933] he was the brother of director, screenwriter Manlio Scarpelli [1924-1984].
Called simply Scarpelli, he was an Italian screenwriter, famous for his collaboration on numerous Commedia all'italiana films with Agenore Incrocci [1919-2005], forming the duo Age & Scarpelli.
During his childhood he devoted himself to writing and drawing. During World War II, he started to work as an illustrator for satire magazines, together with Federico Fellini and Ettore Scola, and he met Agenore Incrocci, best known as Age in 1949.
Together with Age, 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” (1966) and Mario Monicelli's “I soliti ignoti”. After closing his relationship with Age, he wrote several movies with Ettore Scola, and the first works of directors such as Francesca Archibugi and Paolo Virzì. His third Nomination for an Oscar was for “Il postino” (The Postman), written with his son Giacomo. He also taught at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. Posthumously the film Tormenti (2011), was writtten from his graphic novel.
Scarpelli died in Rome on April 28, 2010.
Today we remember Furio Scarpelli on what would have been his 95th birthday.

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