Oscar-nominated screenwriter Agenore (Age) Incrocci of Italy’s famed Age & Scarpelli duo, who penned many of the country’s most memorable comedies including, “Big Deal on Madonna Street” died Nov. 15 in Rome. He was 86.
Born in Brescia into a family of thesps, Incrocci was a law student in Rome when he began writing for comic mags and met longtime co-scribe Furio Scarpelli. During the ’40s, the duo worked mainly on vehicles for the Italian comic icon, Toto.
The pair then penned dozens of “Commedia all’Italiana” classics, often working with helmer Mario Monicelli whose pics “I Compagni” (The Organizer) and “Casanova ’70” earned them back-to-back Oscar noms for best screenplay in 1965 and 1966.
Helmers Dino Risi and Pietro Germi are among other filmmakers the duo collaborated with on scores of hits, including Risi’s “Il Mattatore” (Love and Larceny), starring Vittorio Gassman, and Germi’s dramedy “Sedotta e Abbandonata” (Seduced and Abandoned), in which Stefania Sandrelli played a young Sicilian woman who breaks with convention after she is deflowered by her sister’s future husband.
“Age was a driving force of the season of our great comedies, which were bitter and entertaining, ironic and cruel,” said fellow screenwriter Ugo Pirro.
Incrocci’s 120 writing credits, span six decades, showing a wide range of talent. Credits include Sergio Leone’s “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and the Ettore Scola drama “La Terrazza,” (The Terrace) which won Age & Scarpelli a Cannes screenwriting prize in 1980.