Italian director Francesco Rosi has died at the age of 92.
Francesco Rossi was one of the most famous and influential directors in Italy from the 50s to the 90s.
He continued the Italian post-war neorealist style, inspiring people like Francis Coppola and Martin Scorsese.
Francesco Rosi’s functions often investigate corruption and crime.
His film Hands over the city won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1963, while The Matthew affair won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1972.
In 2012, Francesco Rosi was awarded an honorary golden lion for overall achievement, leaving “an indelible mark on the history of Italian cinema.”
Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorentino paid tribute to him by saying: “There are directors, and there are few and many who are able to construct worlds and do so by inventing methods and styles. Rosie was one of the few. “
Franco Zephyrelli, a longtime friend, said Francesco Rosi’s death was “like a mutilation”.
Some of Francesco Rosi’s most famous films tell stories of real events and real people to highlight the links between politics, crime and working class society in Italy.
Salvatore Giuliano, who won the Silver Bear at the 1962 Berlin Film Festival, portrayed a famous Sicilian bandit of the same name.
The Matthew affair uses a mixture of dramatic scenes and real witnesses to examine the mysterious death of Italian businessman Enrico Matthew.
The Mafia often starred prominently in Naples-born films.
His other notable productions include a film version of the opera Carmen, starring Placido Domingo, who was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1986.
Francesco Rossi’s last film was in 1997 The armistice, which is based on the memoirs of Holocaust survivor Primo Levy and starring John Turturro.