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SILVERIO BLASI

One of the pioneer figures of Italian television, Silverio Blasi, who directed more than 200 programs for the small screen, died April 27 in Rome of undisclosed causes. He was 73.

During his 20-year career, Blasi specialized in historical dramas and biographical series for pubcaster RAI. Programs on the lives of artists such as Michelangelo and Caravaggio are among his best-known works.

Blasi obtained his greatest success with the TV drama “Eleonora,” starring Giulietta Masina and based on an idea by Federico Fellini and Tullio Pinelli. A graduate of the Academy of Dramatic Art in Rome, Blasi also worked extensively as a theater director, but failed to break into film. His efforts to get a feature off the ground starring a then unknown Marcello Mastroianni were said to have been nixed by a producer who found the thesp lacking in star quality.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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