By Margaret Lyons
November 30, 2010 at 02:42 PM EST

Italian film director Mario Monicelli, 95, died last night in Rome. The AP reports that Monicelli “leapt to his death from a fifth-floor balcony” at the hospital where he was being treated for prostate cancer. Monicelli, who wrote and directed more than 60 films, was best known for I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street), La grande guerra (The Great War), La ragazza con la pistola (The Girl with a Pistol), and Amici miei (My Friends). He was nominated for two Oscars in the 1960s, for co-writing Casanova 70 and I compagni (The Organizer).