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Mario Chiari, Art Director, Costume Designer, Dies

April 10, 1989

ROME (AP) _ Mario Chiari, an Italian art director and costume designer, died at a Rome hospital after a long illness. He was 79.

Chiari, who died Sunday, was born in Florence on July 14, 1909, and was trained as an architect. After starting out in theater, he began work in the film industry in 1940 and collaborated on many Italian and foreign films and on television productions.

Some of the films he worked on include ″Miracle in Milan,″ directed by Vittorio de Sica (1951); ″I Vitelloni,″ by Federico Fellini (1953); ″War and Peace,″ by King Vidor (1956); ″The Bible,″ by John Huston (1966); and ″Dr. Doolittle,″ by Richard Fleischer (1967).

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