Throughout the year, we have lost many talented people in the entertainment industry, with most of them being living icons of movies and television. This week, we lost another great icon in the film industry who had a life-long passion for the business.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis died Wednesday, Nov. 10, at age 91 in his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.. De Laurentiis helped the Italian film industry and was responsible for producing more than 500 films throughout his career. Some of his most successful productions included “Blue Velvet,” “Hannibal” and “Serpico,” which are some of the most iconic films in history. De Laurentiis was a pioneer in the film industry because even when he produced a film that was a blunder, he came back and created a brilliant masterpiece without ever giving up.
There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about De Laurentiis’ movies, but most of all it was his ability to tell a story. I loved the “Hannibal” movie and found it interesting the types of props he used as well as the lavish locations of filming. De Laurentiis knew how to tell a particular story in a way that just made you want to watch it, even if it was a movie you did not think you would like.
For example, “Conan the Barbarian” was a movie that I never thought I would enjoy because of the unique story it told. However, when I sat down and watched the movie, it was actually enjoyable to see the various locations and materials that were in the movie. De Laurentiis had that ability to draw you into a movie by how he produced the story and the various locations he used in the movie.
I also enjoy the fact that De Laurentiis could take a movie and make it into something special by using big-budget productions on movies people never heard of. De Laurentiis often went into production with a movie that was not very well-known in the business and with a filmmaker who most people did not know existed. The ability of De Laurentiis to turn a small film into a big-budget production is something I admire. He always knew what direction he wanted to go in and how to go there, even with movies that might not have been appealing to an audience at first.
With his death, one quality Hollywood will be missing is the showmanship he had and effort he put into each production. De Laurentiis was known for being lavish and extremely stylish in his productions, which helped create some of the best movies in history. In “Hannibal,” you often see a lot of extravagant items, including houses and furniture, which is something De Laurentiis strived to achieve. The entertainment industry will not have that same lavish appeal that it once had in the movies because De Laurentiis was often the man behind those ideas. De Laurentiis often told stories through movies using these lavish and intriguing measures, and that will be hard to replicate.
De Laurentiis had a knack for telling a story in a certain manner, often using strange settings or materials to do so. Hollywood will not have that sense of flamboyancy now, and I think that the direction he went in movies will be lost with his passing. De Laurentiis also was a pioneer of understanding the box-office and what it could mean to get international productions. He understood how the box-office system worked better than most other people, and that potential success helped him produce the great films he did. De Laurentiis was a true legend in the production business and will be dearly missed by all who enjoy his lavish film productions and intriguing storylines.
Eric J. Lyman, “Italy Mourns the Death of Dino De Laurentiis”, The Hollywood Reporter