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Ferdinando Scarfiotti (6 March 1941 – 30 April 1994)[1] was an Italian art director and production designer.

Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Born(1941-03-06)6 March 1941
Died30 April 1994(1994-04-30) (aged 53) (liver failure)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationArt director
Years active1968-1994

After graduating in architecture at the University of Rome, he was approached by Luchino Visconti, who asked him to design his stage production of La Traviata for the 1963 Spoleto Festival. After working in opera theatre for over a decade, director Bernardo Bertolucci asked Scarfiotti to work with him on the film The Conformist. In 1980 he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked on a number of films, including American Gigolo (1979), Cat People (1982) and Scarface (1983).[2]

Scarfiotti won a Bafta for Visconti's Death in Venice in 1971 and an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction for the film The Last Emperor in 1987.[3]


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  1. ^ York, New (8 May 1994). "Ferdinando Scarfiotti, 53, Famous Art Director". Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Ferdinando Scarfiotti". The Independent. 11 May 1994. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  3. ^ "The 60th Academy Awards (1988) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  4. ^ "The 65th Academy Awards (1993) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 3 August 2011.

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