De Laurentiis at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Italian-U.S. film producer. He produced his first film at 20 and scored his first hit with Bitter Rice (1948). He formed a joint production company with Carlo Ponti (b.1910) and produced such admired films as F. Fellini's La strada (1954, Academy Award) and The Nights of Cabiria (1956, Academy Award). In the early 1960s he built a studio, Dinocittà , where he made several epics; their lack of success forced him to sell the studio in the early 1970s. He then moved to the U.S., where he produced such films as Serpico (1973), Ragtime (1981), and Crimes of the Heart (1986) before a string of failures forced him into bankruptcy.