Ettore Scola was an Italian film director and screenwriter who in his more than fifty year career, has written and directed over forty movies. Over the course of his career, Scola has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards. Born in the Southern Italian town of Trevico, Campania, he made his way in the film industry in his early teens in 1953, by writing jokes for a notable Italian comic, Toto. His talent in the comic industry was going so well that by his early 20s, he started earning a good living writing comedy screenplays for many movie studios. In spite of being a successful comedy screenplay writer, Scola wanted to direct his own movies. In 1964, he got the chance to co-write and direct “Let's Talk About Women”, which was a minor success, allowing Scola to focus on directing and writing more films during the years between 1960 and 1970. In 1974, he received his fist major hit with the comedy-drama “We All Loved Each Other So Much”. The film received two Italian Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for many other categories. This moment distinguished Scola as one of the most acclaimed directors in Italy. Scola continued his directorial pursuit with films like "The Night In Varennes" (1982), "What Time Is It?" (1989), and "The Dinner" (1998), all of which were critically acclaimed.
During the 2000s, Ettore Scola's career as a director started slowing down. There was a 10-year gap between his 2003 film “People of Rome” and “How Strange to Be Named Fedrico”, his last film in 2013. His productive career spanning over seven decades came to an end as he passed away in Rome, on January 19, 2016, aged 84.
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