Francesco Rosi, whose films took on corruption in postwar Italy and won top honours at the Venice and Cannes film festivals, has died at the age of 92 at his home in Rome.
According to the Italian daily, Corriere della Sera, Rosi died in his sleep after suffering a bout of bronchitis.
The Italian film maker rose to international fame with his movie, Salvatore Giuliano, about a Sicilian gangster in 1962.
He was awarded the top prize, Golden Lion, at the Venice film festival for his 1963 movie, Hands Over the City, starring Rod Steiger.
Rosi won the Grand Prix at Cannes almost a decade later The Mattei Affair, which probed the mysterious death of an Italian oil tycoon.
His 1981 film, Three Brothers, also received an Academy award nomination for the best foreign language film.
The late Italian director was born on November 15, 1922, in Naples and studied law before entering show business.
He started his career with the stage before going into cinema, apprenticing with director, Luchino Visconti.
Rosi received Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear in 2009. The event was followed three years later by a career Golden Lion in Venice.
His funerals are reportedly set to be held in Rome on Monday, with a civil ceremony at the Casa del Cinema, a municipal film house.