Mario Monicelli commits suicide at 95

Article published on Nov. 30, 2010
Article published on Nov. 30, 2010
Director Mario Monicelli, considered the father of the commedia all'Italiana, committed suicide yesterday by jumping from the window of the hospital in which he had just been admitted for a tumor. He was 95.

A leading figure – along with Dino Risi, Luigi Comencini and Steno – of the golden era of Italian cinema, Monicelli’s extensive filmography included the Oscar-nominated Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), The Great War (1959, Golden Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival) and For Love and Gold (1965)

He made his last narrative feature, Desert Roses, in 2006, following it up in 2008 with a documentary on his neighbourhood, Vicino al Colosseo c'è Monti.