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Film impresario Dino De Laurentiis, producer of 'Serpico,' dies at 91

By Emma Brown

Oscar-winning film producerDino De Laurentiis died last night at his home in Beverly Hills.

The Italian-born Mr. De Laurentiis stood no taller than five and a half feet, but he was a Hollywood giant who made more than 150 films, including "Serpico," starring Al Pacino; "Barbarella" with Jane Fonda; and the "Conan" movies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the 1950s, he won two Oscars for best-foreign language film for "La Strada" and "Nights of Cabiria."

"Making movies is all about instinct," he once said. "Nobody taught Picasso how to paint -- he learned for himself. And nobody can teach you to be a producer. You can learn the mechanics, but you can't learn what's right about a script or a director or an actor. That comes from instinct and intuition. It comes from inside you."

Mr. De Laurentiis is the grandfather of Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis.

The Associated Press has posted its obituary for Mr. De Laurentiis; The Post's is on the way.

By Emma Brown  | November 11, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  Actors, actresses  
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