Fellini collaborator Tullio Pinelli dies

Co-penned 'La Dolce Vita,' '8 1/2'

ROME — Italian screen and stage scribe Tullio Pinelli, the longtime Federico Fellini collaborator best known for co-penning Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” and “8 1/2,” died March 7 in Rome.

He was 100.

Nominated for four Oscars, all for Fellini works, Pinelli was the scribe with whom Fellini worked with the most in what has been considered an almost symbiotic rapport. But Pinelli also worked with other Italo greats including Roberto Rossellini, Pietro Germi, and Mario Monicelli.

While Fellini and Pinelli penned many pics with scribe Ennio Flaiano, who died in 1972, Pinelli co-wrote more than a dozen Fellini movies over the course of four decades, starting with Fellini’s 1950 debut “Variety Lights” and ending with his final work, “La voce della luna,” in 1990.

During the early days of their careers Fellini and Pinelli co-wrote screenplays for other helmers, notably Pietro Germi’s 1951 crimer “Four Ways Out,” starring Gina Lollobrigida.

Born into an aristocratic Turin family on June 24, 1908, Pinelli started penning stage and radio plays while also practicing as a lawyer in his hometown. In 1943 he moved to Rome, where he began working in film and in 1947 met Fellini.

But besides being instrumental to turning Fellini’s dreamlike visions into narratives, the prolific Pinelli, who penned more than 70 screenplays, played a big part in Italian cinema’s golden age also thanks to more lowbrow but highly successful contributions to pics such as hit Monicelli comedies “Amici miei” and “Il marchese del grillo,” among many others memorable works.

He is survived by four children, including son Carlo Alberto Pinelli, a director.

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