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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dino De Laurentiis

Posted by Paul Constant on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 2:29 PM

The producer of over-the-top movie spectacles died at age 91. He's responsible for good movies (Manhunter), bad movies (Dune), and King Kong Lives, the mind-bogglingly bizarre sequel to the 1976 giant-gorilla-on-the-World-Trade-Center remake of King Kong:

It feels like a certain kind of old Hollywood movie has died with De Laurentiis. He was responsible for the kind of quirky blockbuster that allowed for (often vapid) self-expression in the middle of all that big-budget schlock. It would take at least 200 Jerry Bruckheimers to make a single Dino De Laurentiis.

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