Italian film giant Vittorio Taviani dies at 88

Italian film giant Vittorio Taviani dies at 88
Italian premier pays homage to ’beloved protagonist’.

Vittoria Taviani, one half of the formidable Taviani Brothers who recently won the Berlin Golden Bear for Caesar Must Die, has died in Rome after a long illness. He was 88.

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella paid tribute on Sunday night and said Taviani’s death was “a great loss for Italian cinema and culture, which are losing an undeniable and beloved protagonist”.

Taviani enjoyed a prolific career working alongside his younger brother Paolo. They were favourites on the prestige circuit, earning the Palme d’Or in 1977 for Padre Padrone, and a career Golden
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