'Good, Bad, Ugly' screenwriter Furio Scarpelli dies

'Good, Bad, Ugly' screenwriter Furio Scarpelli dies

Rome : Italy | Apr 29, 2010 at 6:51 AM PDT
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Scarpelli who suffered heart problems died in his house in Rome shortly after midnight, said his son Matteo Scarpelli.

Scarpelli co-wrote some of Italy's finest postwar movies, including Big Deal on Madonna Street during a decades-long, prolific partnership with Agenore Incrocci.

The pair's trademark was their sense of humour and an unforgiving display of the vices of Italian people and made for memorable roles and lines for actors such as Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio Gassman.

Sergio Leone directed The pair's Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly") which is a spaghetti-western classic starring Clint Eastwood.

Incrocci, who was called Age, died in 2005, received two Oscar nominations for best screenwriting in the 1960s along with Scarpelli. Another nomination that Scarpelli also received was for Il Postino ("The Postman") in 1996.

Scarpelli is survived by his wife and two sons and his funeral will be held Friday in Rome, his son said.

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