MILAN (AP) — Italian director and screenwriter Francesco Rosi, whose films took on corruption in postwar Italy, winning top honors at the Venice and Cannes film festivals, has died at the age of 92 at his home in Rome.
Rosi's longtime friend, Franco Zeffirelli, said in a statement that Rosi was for him "a friend, a lifetime companion," and that the loss was "like experiencing a mutilation." Zeffirelli, 92, and Rosi started out together as assistants to Luchino Visconti, becoming collaborators and life-long friends.
The cause of Rosi's death on Saturday wasn't released, but Corriere della Sera reported he had been suffering from bronchitis.
"Hands over the City," about political corruption, won the Golden Lion at Venice in 1963. "The Mattei Affair" took the Golden Palm at Cannes in 1972.