RIP – FURIO SCARPELLI


EXPIRED: 04/28/10 – Furio Scarpelli, 90, was a screenwriter born in Rome, the son of journalist Filiberto Scarpelli. During his childhood he devoted himself to writing and drawing. During World War II, he started to work as an illustrator for satire magazines, where he met met Agenore Incrocci.

The two struck up a friendship and, in 1949, a partnership that led to moviemaking. Together they collaborated on over 120 Commedia all’Italiana, or Italian-style, comedy films as duo Age & Scarpelli.

These included director Mario Monicelli’s I soliti ignoti, a bitter-sweet story involving a bungling bunch of small-time thieves that is widely considered a masterpiece.

For The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, set during the American Civil War and starring Clint Eastwood, Scarpelli and Incrocci collaborated with Sergio Leone and another renowned Italian screenwriter, Luciano Vincenzoni, to produce a script noted for its terse, wry dialogue.

Before parting ways in the 1980s, Scarpelli and Incrocci, who died in 2005, also worked on films for Italian directors Dino Risi, Luigi Comencini, Pietro Germi and Ettore Scola. Scarpelli also taught at the National Cinematography Center.

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