Dino De Laurentiis was a man who loved life, his family, good Italian food and the movies.
So said Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch and Baz Luhrmann, who shared stories about the veteran producer at his funeral Monday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.
All described the Italian-born producer, who died last week at age 91, as larger than life.
"He fought big, he dreamed big, and that's the way he saw the cinema, as big," said Lynch, who made "Dune" and "Blue Velvet" with De Laurentiis. "Ten grown athletic men combined, on PCP, would not equal even a tiny fraction of the energy that Dino had every day... Dino was like a steamroller working, dreaming and thinking the movies."
Lynch described De Laurentiis as a "great practical joker."
Schwarzenegger, who was accompanied by wife Maria Shriver, got laughs from the crowd when he imitated De Laurentiis' Italian accent. Schwarzenegger made four films with De Laurentiis, and said he admired the producer's brains, courage and heart.
"He never feared failure, and this is the only way you can be successful in life," the governor said. "I learned that from Dino."
Luhrmann said De Laurentiis "taught me how to have fun."
"Dino De Laurentiis was able to blend effortlessly, without any effort whatsoever, life, art and family," the filmmaker said.
The producer's youngest daughters, Carolyna and Dina, also eulogized their dad. Carolyna De Laurentiis called him "A force of life" and a "master of Italian guilt."
His grandchildren, including Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis, read brief passages during the service.
Many guests at the 90-minute service wore red at the request of the family. "It was Dino's color," the pastor said. A statement released by the family late Friday explained the legendary producer "did not want to be met with a sea of black at his funeral."
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is the primary church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and hosts some of the city's most prominent funerals.
Lynch summed up De Laurentiis like this: "Dino was energetic, childlike, powerful, kind, unstoppable, charming, opinionated, fair-minded, fun-loving, an entrepreneur, a family man, a workaholic, a sharp dresser, a practical joker, a dreamer, a producer, a gourmet, a showman, a deal maker, a risk taker, a giver, a taker. A man filled with the love of life."