Thursday, May 17, 2001 - - Mauro Bolognini; Italian Film Director Honored
Mauro Bolognini, 78, a prolific Italian director admired for his skill at
adapting works by such writers as Alberto Moravia and Pier Paolo Pasolini,
died Monday in Rome.
A familiar figure at international film festivals, Bolognini won the top
prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain in 1966 for his film
"Mademoiselle de Maupin," based on a work by the French novelist Theophile
Gautier. The director also won best director at the Montreal World Film Festival
in 1987 for "Farewell Moscow," and was twice nominated for directing honors
One of the best-known of Bolognini's 41 films is the 1960 "Beautiful Anthony,"
a biting commentary on the role of women in Sicily, starring Marcello Mastroianni
and Claudia Cardinale.
When his 1961 film "Senilita" ("Careless") was screened in Los Angeles at
the Tiffany's Neglected Foreign Classics series in 1981, Times reviewer Kevin
Thomas pronounced it "gravely beautiful" and said it was "so carefully modulated
and textured . . . that it has the exquisite look of steel engravings."
Los Angeles Times