Just when you thought this day couldn't get any sadder: legendary italian director Mano Monicelli, 95, kills himself by leaping off the fifth floor window
at the hospital where he was being treated for prostate cancer.
This is heartbreaking. As far as I'm concerned, and as rich as my country's film legacy is, Monicelli was the greatest italian filmmaker. A razor-sharp mind, too, up until his last days, it's almost fitting that he decided to check out on his own terms instead of waiting around to be devoured alive by illness and aggressive treatment.
Still, what a massive bummer. My earliest memory of his films is being blown away by La Grande Guerra
back in elementary school, when a teacher decided to show it during class.