Ettore Scola
Ettore Scola.jpg
Scola in 2007
Born(1931-05-10)10 May 1931
Died19 January 2016(2016-01-19) (aged 84)
Rome, Italy
Years active1964–2016
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

Ettore Scola (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛttore ˈskɔːla]; 10 May 1931 – 19 January 2016) was an Italian screenwriter and film director. He received a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1978 for his film A Special Day and over the course of his film career was nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Life and career

Scola was born in Trevico, Avellino, Campania. From age 15, he became a ghostwriter.[1] He entered the film industry as a screenwriter in 1953, and collaborated with director Dino Risi and fellow writer Ruggero Maccari on the screenplay for Risi's feature, Il Sorpasso (1962). He directed his first film, Let's Talk About Women, in 1964. In 1974 Scola enjoyed international success with We All Loved Each Other So Much (C'eravamo tanto amati), a wide fresco of post-World War II Italian life and politics, dedicated to fellow director Vittorio De Sica. The film won the Golden Prize at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival.[2] In 1976 he won the Prix de la mise en scène at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for Brutti, sporchi e cattivi.

Scola made further successful films, including A Special Day (1977), That Night In Varennes (1982), What Time Is It? (1989) and Captain Fracassa's Journey (1990). He directed close to 40 films in some 40 years.[citation needed] His film Passione d'amore, adapted from a 19th-century novel, was adapted by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine into the award-winning musical Passion. He was a member of the jury at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.[citation needed].

In 2009, Scola signed a petition in support of film director Roman Polanski, calling for his release after Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in relation to his 1977 charge for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.[3]

Scola died in Rome on 19 January 2016 at the age of 84.[4]

Filmography as director



  1. ^ MARIAROSA MANCUSO (20 January 2016). "Ettore Scola, negro". Il Foglio (in Italian). Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2021. ETTORE SCOLA, NEGRO. Insomma, scrittore per conto terzi, ghostwriter, fornitore di gag, battutista a cottimo (lo fu anche Woody Allen, agli inizi). Lo voleva far scrivere sul suo biglietto da visita il giovanissimo Ettore Scola [...] Negro e felicissimo
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  7. ^ "Berlinale: 1991 Programme". Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  8. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
  9. ^ "23rd Moscow International Film Festival (2001)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.