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Agostino De Laurentiis, usually credited as Dino De Laurentiis, (born August 8, 1919) is an Italian movie producer born at Torre Annunziata in the province of Naples. He grew up selling spaghetti produced by his father. A study at the school of cinematography in Rome was interrupted by the Second World War. Nonetheless De Laurentiis succeeded in making movies. August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... In the entertainment industry, a producer is generally in charge of, or helps to coordinate, the financial, legal, administrative, technological, and artistic aspects of a production. ... Torre Annunziata, population 52,875 (1991), is a city in the province of Naples, region of Campania in Italy. ... Naples (It. ... Nickname: The Eternal City Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 8th century BC Mayor Walter Veltroni Area    - City 1,285 km²  (496. ...

Since his first movie, L'ultimo Combattimento, (1940) he has produced nearly 150 movies to date. In the early years De Laurentiis produced neoclassical art films as Bitter Rice (1946) and the Fellini classics La Strada (1954) Nights of Cabiria (1956), often in collaboration with producer Carlo Ponti. In the 1960s, Dino De Laurentiis built his own studio facilities, although these financially collapsed during the 1970s. During this time though, De Laurentiis produced such films as Barbarella (1968) and Danger: Diabolik (1968), both successful comic book adaptations, and The Valachi Papers (1972). Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro, 1949) is an Italian movie, written and directed by Giuseppe De Santis. ... Federico Fellini Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920 – October 31, 1993) was one of the most influential and widely revered Italian film-makers of the 20th century and is considered to be one of the finest film directors of all time. ... La Strada is a 1954 Italian motion picture produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti and directed by Federico Fellini. ... Le Notte di Cabiria or Nights of Cabiria is a 1957 film directed by Federico Fellini. ... Carlo Ponti (born December 11, 1912, Magenta, Italy) is an Italian film producer. ... Barbarella was originally a French science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest, who originated the character for serialisation in the French magazine V-Magazine in 1962. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...

In the 1970s, De Laurentiis relocated to the USA where he set up studios, eventually creating his own studio DEG based in Wilmington, North Carolina; the building of the studio quickly made Wilmington one of the busiest centers of American film and television production. During this period de Laurentiis made a number of successful and acclaimed films, including Serpico (1973), Death Wish(1974), Mandingo (1975), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg (1977), Ragtime (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982). De Laurentiis also made a great many flops during this era. It is for his more infamous productions that de Laurentiis's name has become known - the legendary King Kong (1976) remake, which though a commercial hit, has been accused by some critics of turning the much loved original into a campy joke, as well as flops like the killer whale film Orca (1977), which many saw as a ripoff of Jaws (1975); The White Buffalo (1977); the disaster movie Hurricane (1979); the equally campy remake of Flash Gordon (1980); David Lynch's Dune (1984); and King Kong Lives (1986). De Laurentiis also made several adaptations of Stephen King's works during this time, including The Dead Zone (1983), Cat's Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985) and Maximum Overdrive (1986). In the 1980's, De Laurentiis, largely on the basis of a series of flops, gained a reputation as a crass and vulgar producer. Wilmington is a city in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. ... Serpico is a 1973 film based on the true story of New York City policeman Frank Serpico who eventually went undercover to expose the corruption of his fellow officers, after being pushed to the brink at first by their distrust and later by the threats and intimidation they levied against... This article is about a series of films. ... Mandingo is a lurid 1975 film, based on the book Mandingo by Kyle Onstott, about a African slave in the 1840s United States who is trained as a prize fighter by his owner. ... Three Days of the Condor is a United States motion picture made in 1975. ... Ingmar Bergman   (IPA: in Swedish) (born July 14, 1918) is a Swedish stage and film director who is one of the key film auteurs of the second half of the twentieth century. ... The Serpents Egg is a 1977 English and German film directed by Ingmar Bergman, set in 1920s Berlin. ... Ragtime is a 1981 motion picture based on the historical novel Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow. ... Conan The Barbarian is a 1982 film by director John Milius and is recognized as the acting breakthrough of bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... King Kong (also known as King Kong: The Legend Reborn) is a 1976 American motion picture produced by Dino de Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. ... The term camp—normally used as an adjective, even though earliest recorded uses employed it mainly as a verb—refers to the deliberate and sophisticated use of kitsch, mawkish or corny themes and styles in art, clothing or conversation. ... Look up flop in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Orca is a 1977 horror film directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Dino De Laurentiis and starring Richard Harris and Charlotte Rampling. ... This article is about the film. ... Flash Gordon is a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7, 1934. ... David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946, in Missoula, Montana) is an American filmmaker. ... Dune is a 1984 science fiction film directed by David Lynch and based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name and containing elements from the later parts. ... King Kong Lives is the 1986 sequel to the blockbuster hit of 1976, King Kong. ... For other people named Stephen King, see Stephen King (disambiguation). ... The Dead Zone is a 1983 film directed by David Cronenberg. ... Cats Eye (a. ... Silver Bullet is a 1985 film based on the Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf. ... Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 film written and directed by horror novelist Stephen King. ...

During this time De Laurentiis also produced the original Hannibal Lecter film Manhunter (1986). He passed on adapting Thomas Harris's sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, but produced the two follow-ups, Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002), a remake of Manhunter. Hannibal The Cannibal Lecter, as portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs. ... Manhunter (1986; see also 1986 in film) is a film based on Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. ... The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. ... Hannibal is a 2001 film, directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the Thomas Harris novel of the same name. ... This entry is about the 2002 film. ...

In his later choice of stories he displayed a strong preference for adaptations of successful books, especially sweeping classics like the Bible, Barabbas (1961), or Dune (1984). Dune is a 1984 science fiction film directed by David Lynch and based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name and containing elements from the later parts. ...

He has four children with his first wife, actress Silvana Mangano, who died in 1989. Today he is married to the movie producer Martha Schumacher and they have two daughters. One of the children from his first marriage, Raffaella De Laurentiis, is also a producer. His granddaughter is Giada De Laurentiis, hostess of Everyday Italian on Food Network. A theatrical poster for 1949s Riso Amaro (Bitter Rice). ... Giada De Laurentiis (IPA: ) (born August 22, 1970) is an Italian-American chef, currently host of the Food Network program Everyday Italian. ... Everyday Italian is a Food Network show hosted by Giada De Laurentiis. ... Former Logo Television Food Network, normally referred to as Food Network, is an American cable network that airs many specials and recurring (episodic) shows about food, food preparation, at-home entertaining, and restaurants. ...

In 2001 he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award is awarded periodically (although not every year) at the Academy Awards ceremonies to Creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production. ...

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Dino De Laurentiis left home at 17, determined to be a director.
His reputation as "Dino De Horrendous" was not enhanced by such subsequent turkeys as The White Buffalo, Orca, The Hurricane, Flash Gordon, and an unnecessary sequel, King Kong Lives.
But De Laurentiis deserves more respect than he gets, because between the schlock he also delivered some simply outstanding movies -- the police drama Serpico, the spy story Three Days of the Condor, Ragtime, Cronenberg and King's The Dead Zone, and David Lynch's flawed adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune.
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