Italian Film Director
Alberto Lattuada, 90, a versatile Italian film director noted for his explorations of social customs, died July 3 at his country home outside Rome. No cause of death was reported.
During the years of Italian fascism, Mr. Lattuada was part of an anti-fascist group linked to a Milanese review, for which he wrote as a critic. He explored such themes as unemployment, racism and strikes in the years after the war. He then worked with some of Italy's leading film stars in a career that began in the prolific neo-realism period after World War II.
He co-directed "Variety Lights" (1950) with Federico Fellini. In his 1954 film, "La Spiaggia," Mr. Lattuada explored the hypocrisy of Italy's so-called respectable society. His 1960 film "I Dolci inganni" (Sweet Deceits), explored a 16-year-old girl's first sexual experiences but was denounced as offensive.
Nearly two decades later, one of his last films, "Cosi come sei" (Stay as You Are), also was a shocker, looking at the relationship of a much older man, played by Marcello Mastroianni, with an adolescent girl.
George M. Seignious
Lt. Gen. George M. Seignious, 84, a former president of the Citadel and a World War II veteran, died July 3 of complications from surgery, it was reported from Charleston, S.C.
Gen. Seignious, a Citadel graduate, was president of the state's military college from 1974 to 1979.
After graduating from the National War College in June 1961, he spent four years in Europe in several positions, including chief of staff of the 3rd Armored Division in Europe.
In June 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to become military adviser at the Paris peace talks on Vietnam. In July 1971, he became deputy assistant secretary of defense, international security affairs, and then director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency.
He was serving as director of the Joint Staff, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when he resigned to become president of the Citadel.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter named him to the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty negotiations in Geneva. He resigned from the Citadel in 1979 to become director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
Pierre Michelot, 77, the jazz bassist who recorded with Miles Davis and arranged music for Chet Baker, died July 3 in Paris. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Michelot played with Davis on one of the great soundtracks of the 1950s, for Louis Malle's classic thriller "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud" (Elevator to the Gallows). He recorded with artists including Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke and Django Reinhardt, and he arranged music for Baker's 1955-56 Barclay sessions in Paris.
Originally trained in classical piano, Mr. Michelot learned bass as a teenager and then performed for U.S. troops stationed in France after the end of World War II. He was highly sought after for concerts by U.S. musicians in Paris in the postwar years.
Mr. Michelot had a role in French director Bertrand Tavernier's 1986 film "Round Midnight," about a musician on the skids in 1950s Paris.