Monday, May 16, 2011

Fan-Boy Icon #42 - Dino de Laurentiis

Say what you will about some of Dino de Lauretiis' films, he is a driving force in nerd cinema. He had produced 166 films before he died in 2010, many of which are fan-boy classics. Here are a few: Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, Flash Gordon, Nights of Cabria, Danger: Diabolik!, Serpico, Death Wish, King Kong (1976), Orca, The Dead Zone, Dune, Army of Darkness, Barbarella, plus several Stephen King film adaptations and three Hannibal Lechter films. We do tend to make a big deal out of directors, and he has worked with some of the greats, but frankly without a producer many films would never be made. Think of the pop culture hole that would be left by removing any of these films; even Orca. ;-) Sr. de Laurentiis made the world a better place for nerds.

Random fact: cooking show presenter Giada de Laurentiis is his granddaughter.

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