Luigi Luraschi, a former Paramount exec who worked for the studio more than six decades, much of that time in Europe, died March 31 of natural causes at his home in Paris. He was 96.
He joined Paramount Pictures in New York in 1929. Transferred to Hollywood in 1933, he established an international department to handle the foreign press’ increasing interest in the studio’s films. His responsibilities eventually included overseeing productions, particularly in Europe.
Between 1960 and 1965, he worked with Dino De Laurentiis in Rome producing Italian- and English-language features in Italy. In the spring of 1965, he was transferred back to New York as the assistant to George Weltner, Paramount’s president of production.
When “Is Paris Burning?” was lensing in Paris in late 1965, Luraschi was summoned to Paris to work with producer Paul Graetz on the WWII film. While there, he met and developed a rapport with Charles Bludhorn, who had just purchased Paramount Pictures through Gulf & Western.
In 1967, Luraschi was transferred to Paramount’s Rome offices to organize the production of local language product in Germany, France, Italy and Spain and to help supplement the studio’s English-language releases in the European market.
Luraschi also served as VP of international production for Paramount British Pictures with an office in London where he coordinated foreign dubbing with the homevideo distribution company, Cinema Intl. Corp. (CIC) for Par’s English-language film releases in Europe.
Luraschi retired eight years ago in Paris at the age of 88.
He is survived by a son, a daughter, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.