His last film, CHE STRANO CHIAMARSI FEDERICO (2013), was a love letter to Fellini, another great director and a good friend of his. Ettore Scola, the last royal heir to the vibrant and rich Italian cinema that has shaped so many of our most important filmmakers today, has passed on at the age of 84 in a Rome clinic. “His heart got tired of beating,” his wife and daughters told Italian daily Corriere della Sera. Sofia Loren and Marcelo Mastroianni were some of the actors who appeared in his films. Obit coming later today.