By Oliver Gettell
January 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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Film director and screenwriter Ettore Scola, one of the last old masters of Italian cinema, died Tuesday in Rome after falling ill Sunday, according to the Associated Press and local media. He was 84.

Scola was known for films including We All Loved Each Other So Much, his 1974 exploration of life in postwar Italy; A Special Day, his Oscar-nominated 1977 drama starring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren as neighbors who cross paths during Hitler’s 1938 visit to Italy; and the bleak Ugly, Dirty, and Bad, which won him best director at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.

His career spanned decades, from his early days as a screenwriter in the 1950s to his retirement in 2011.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi paid tribute to Scola on Twitter, writing that his death “leaves an enormous void in Italian culture.”