Italian film director Ettore Scola dead at age of 84: Media

Film director Ettore Scola, a leading figure in Italian cinema for more than three decades, died Tuesday at the age of 84, local media reported.

Rome: Film director Ettore Scola, a leading figure in Italian cinema for more than three decades, died Tuesday at the age of 84, local media reported.

Scola`s work included "A Special Day," a 1977 Oscar-nominated movie featuring Marcello Mastroianni as a persecuted radio journalist and Sophia Loren as a sentimental housewife, meeting against a backdrop of rising fascism in 1930s Italy.

He also wrote and directed "We All Loved Each Other So Much," a 1974 comedy-drama about the post-war lives of three partisans fighting for the liberation of Italy.

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