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Italian filmmaker Vittorio Taviani dies at 88

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Taviani has died. He was 88.

One half of the duo Taviani brothers (with Paolo), passed away after a long illness, his daughter said, reported.

The filmmaker would be cremated in a private ceremony.

The duo became household names in in the 1960s.

The older of the two brothers, Vittorio, was a at the University of Pisa, but dropped out after he became inclined towards cinema.

Before directing "A Man for Burning", their first feature in 1962 with Valentino Orsini, the Taviani brothers also wrote and directed short films. The duo also served as screenwriters.

Always working in partnership, the brothers took turns to direct alternate scenes in their films, with the other watching.

Italian had given a portmanteau "Paolovittorio" to them.

They produced their final together - "Rainbow: A Private Affair" last year.

In 1977, their movie "Padre Padrone" won in

Their docudrama "Caesar Must Die" was honoured with the prize at the Berlin Festival in 2012. Both penned the script and Paolo directed the

According to the Repubblica newspaper, the Taviani brothers were regarded as the master filmmakers of Italian cinema, who narrated the history, reality and contradictions of since the 1960s.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:10 IST