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Worked for Lux Films in Rome from 1945 to 1949, where he oversaw several features by directors including Mario Camerini and Alberto Lattuada. In 1950 Ponti began a successful partnership with Dino De Laurentiis, producing a number of noted films such as Federico Fellini's "La Strada" (1954). He then branched out on his own in the mid-1950s, scoring critical and popular success with international productions by directors such as Vittorio De Sica, Jean-Luc Godard and David Lean.
Ponti's 1957 marriage to Sophia Loren sparked off a string of Italian legal complications (a previous divorce was still being contested) which resulted in his taking French citizenship in 1964. In 1979, he was sentenced, in absentia, to a jail term and a multi-million dollar fine, for charges involving the smuggling of currency and art.
Producer (Feature Film)
Production Companies (Feature Film)
Producer (TV Mini-Series)
First feature producing credit, "Piccolo Mondo Antico/Old-Fashioned World"
Begins producing partnership with Dino De Laurentiis
Produces Fellini's "La Strada"
Dissolves partneship with De Laurentiis and marries Sophia Loren
First American producing credit, "The Black Orchid"
Obtains French citizenship
Produces epic film "Dr. Zhivago"
Fined by Italian court the equivelent of 25 million dollars and sentenced to a four year term in absentia for muggling art and currency
First film produced after legal difficulties, "Running Away'