Ettore Scola, a Golden Globe winner and five-time Oscar nominee who was considered among the great directors and screenwriters of Italian cinema, died on Tuesday in Rome. He was 84. He had been in a coma since Sunday, RAI state radio said in announcing his death. Mr. Scola’s death “leaves a huge void in Italian culture,” the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, said, praising him for his portrayals of “Italy, its society and the changes it went through” in the last half of the 20th century.
The more than 40 movies Mr. Scola directed over 40 years were emblematic of the mix of caustic satire and farce for which Italian films became known. Many unfolded against a factual backdrop as he struggled to come to grips with history.
“Over the last 20 years, Mr. Scola has staked out his own particular terrai...