Ettore Scola: Italian Director Dies at 84

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The great Italian director an screenwriter Ettore Scola has passed away.

He was 84.

Scola died in Rome late Tuesday after spending a couple days in a coma. The AFP reports that Scola had been admitted to the cardiac surgery unit.

Scola was nominated for five Academy Awards and won one Golden Globe – Best Foreign Film in 1978 for A Special Day. That film starred Sophia Loren and follows a woman on the day in 1938 when Adolf Hitler visits Benito Mussolini.

Scola began screenwriting in 1953, and directed his first film in 1964. Some of his most popular films include What Time Is It, We All Loved Each Other So Much, and That Night in Varennes.

Scola directed nearly 40 movies in his illustrious career.

Many have been sharing their condolences via Twitter.