Tonino Guerra, an Italian poet, writer and screenwriter who has collaborated with some of the most prominent film directors of the world, died on Wednesday at the age of 92.
“I have sad news. Tonino Guerra died,” head of the Italian Culture Institute in Moscow Adriano del Asta told RIA Novosti.
Since 1960, Guerra has been one of the most prolific contributors to the Italian cinema. He wrote over 100 screenplays through his career and collaborated with Michelangelo Antonioni on L'avventura, La notte, L'eclisse, The Red Desert, Blowup, Zabriskie Point and Identification of a Woman, Federico Fellini on Amarcord, and Andrei Tarkovski on Nostalghia.
He regularly visited the Soviet Union and Russia, where he had many friends among painters, writers and movie makers. He was married to a Russian woman and joked that he was Russian by his marital status.
Guerra earned Oscar nominations for Amarcord, Blow-Up and Casanova 70.