Luigi Comencini,90, was a film maker who was one of Italy's greatest post-war directors, has died.
In a statement, Rome's Mayor Walter Veltroni described him as: "A master, one of the great and unforgettable directors in the history of film."
Comencini is survived by his wife and four daughters. According to the news and family members it was known that he was suffering from long illness.
He has mostly done his films for children, so he is called "the children's director". In 1972 he directed Le avventure di Pinocchio, (The Adventures of Pinocchio) for television
Comencini was the founder of the Cineteca Italiana - the first film archive in Italy. He also did popular films such as Pane, amore e fantasia, (Bread, Love and Dreams) starring Gina Lollobrigida and Vittorio De Sica
"We loved him, more than anything else, for his delicate and intense vision of the world of infancy," Mr Veltroni said.