Oscar-nominated Italian screenwriter Furio Scarpelli, whose credits include spaghetti western classic “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” but who is best known for scores of the finest postwar Italo comedies penned in tandem with writing partner Age, died Wednesday in Rome. He was 90. Scarpelli had long suffered from a heart condition.
Scarpelli and Age, whose real name was Agenore Incrocci, began their prolific partnership in the late 1940s, and went on to include Mario Monicelli’s “Big Deal on Madonna Street,” “The Organizer” and “Casanova ’70,” the latter two of which earned them both Oscar noms.
Thanks to their piercing observations of Italian society and its vices, combined with an ear for crackling naturalistic dialogue, they are considered the real inventors of the commedia all’Italiana genre.
Scarpelli went on to pen a slew of works independently, including Michael Radford’s 1994 foreign-language Oscar winner “Il Postino.”
He is survived by his wife, Cora, and sons Giacomo and Matteo.