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Dino De Laurentiis

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Dino survives as the most famous of the great rogue producers, a man who moves as easily among financiers and maybe crooks as he enjoys artists and actresses. He married Silvana Mangano, the voluptuous star of his first hit, “Bitter Rice,” and he then served as producer on a variety of great or intriguing films: “Europa ’51” (Roberto Rossellini), “La Strada” (Federico Fellini) and “War and Peace” (King Vidor). He began to move into international production — “Barabbas” (Richard Fleischer), “The Bible” (John Huston), “Barbarella” (Roger Vadim) and “Waterloo” (Sergei Bondarchuk). Bondarchuk’s film was a famous disaster but it didn’t derail a Hollywood career that ranged from a “King Kong” remake and “Conan the Barbarian” to “Ragtime” and “Blue Velvet.” He is a law unto himself.

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