Vincenzo Cerami, 72, an Italian writer who coauthored the screenplay of Life Is Beautiful, died July 17 in Rome. His death was widely reported by Italian media. The cause could not immediately be confirmed.
Life Is Beautiful, starring Roberto Benigni, who also directed, is an award-winning tragicomedy about a father's quest to save his son's life and innocence amid the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp.
Mr. Cerami, a protege of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the writer and director, was a poet, novelist, and playwright who wrote or cowrote screenplays of more than 40 films. His greatest success in the United States was Life Is Beautiful.