Reports: Italy filmmaker Carlo Lizzani dies at 91

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Updated: Sat, 05 Oct 2013 05:17:20 EST

ROME (AP) — Italian state news media say that filmmaker Carlo Lizzani, a protagonist of Italian Neorealism, has died at age 91. The state RAI news agency and the ANSA news agency said Lizzani died after a fall from the third-floor balcony of his home in Rome, and that authorities were investigating whether it was a suicide. Lizzani started out as a film critic, then as a writer on such seminal films as Roberto Rossellini's 1948 "Germany Year Zero" and Giuseppe De Santis' 1950 film "Bitter Rice," which earned him an Oscar nomination. The Academy of Italian Cinema awarded him best director for his 1968 film "The Violent Four," and best screenwriter for the 1996 film "Celluloide." Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was among those who issued condolences after Lizzani's death was reported Saturday.

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