Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Italian Novelist + Poet + Intellectual + Film Director + Journalist + Linguist + Philosopher
Born Mar 5, 1922

Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual. Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, journalist, philosopher, linguist, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and magazine columnist, actor, painter and political figure. He demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural versatility, becoming a highly controversial figure in the process.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Pier Paolo Pasolini.


1922 Birth His parents married in 1921, Pasolini was born in 1922 and named after his paternal uncle.
1923 1 Year Old His family moved to Conegliano in 1923 and, two years later, to Belluno, where another son, Guidalberto, was born.
1926 4 Years Old In 1926, Pasolini's father was arrested for gambling debts. … Read More
1931 9 Years Old Pasolini began writing poems at the age of seven, inspired by the natural beauty of Casarsa. One of his early influences was the work of Arthur Rimbaud. In 1931, his father was transferred to Idria in the Julian March (now Idrija in Slovenia); in 1933 they moved again to Cremona in Lombardy, and later to Scandiano and Reggio Emilia. … Read More


1939 17 Years Old In 1939 Pasolini graduated and entered the Literature College of the University of Bologna, discovering new themes such as philology and aesthetics of figurative arts. … Read More
1941 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1941, together with Francesco Leonetti, Roberto Roversi and others, he tried to publish a poetry magazine, but the attempt failed due to paper shortages. … Read More


1943 21 Years Old Pasolini tried to remain apart from these events. He, his mother and other colleagues of his taught students unable to reach the schools in Pordenone or Udine starting in October 1943. Others were involved too, but this educational workshop was considered illegal, and broke up in February 1944. … Read More
On 12 February 1945 his brother Guido was killed in an ambush planted by Italian Garibaldine partisans serving in the lines of Tito's Yugoslavian guerrillas. … Read More
1947 25 Years Old On 26 January 1947 Pasolini wrote a declaration for the front page of the newspaper Libertà: "In our opinion, we think that currently only Communism is able to provide a new culture." … Read More
In May 1949, Pasolini attended the Peace Congress in Paris. … Read More
1950 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Struggling in an extremely difficult situation, in January 1950 Pasolini moved to Rome with his mother Susanna to start a new life from scratch.
1951 29 Years Old He found a job as a worker in the Cinecittà studios and sold his books in the 'bancarelle' ("sidewalk shops") of Rome. In 1951, through the help of the Abruzzese-language poet Vittorio Clemente, he found a job as a teacher at a secondary school in Ciampino, a suburb of the capital, a long commute involving two train changes, in exchange of a meagre paycheck of 27,000 liras of the time.


1954 - 1955 2 More Events
1957 35 Years Old In 1957, together with Sergio Citti, Pasolini collaborated on Federico Fellini's film Le notti di Cabiria, writing dialogue for the Roman dialect parts. … Read More
1960 38 Years Old In 1960 he made his debut as an actor in Il gobbo, and co-wrote Long Night in 1943. … Read More
1961 39 Years Old 1 More Event
His first film as director and screenwriter is Accattone of 1961, again set in Rome's marginal quarters. … Read More


1966 44 Years Old In 1966 he was a member of the jury at the 16th Berlin International Film Festival.
1967 45 Years Old In 1967, in Venice, he met and interviewed the American poet Ezra Pound. … Read More
1968 46 Years Old Regarding the Battle of Valle Giulia, which took place in Rome in March 1968, he said that he sympathized with the police, as they were "children of the poor", while the young militants were exponents of what he called "left-wing fascism". … Read More
1970 48 Years Old In 1970 Pasolini bought an old castle near Viterbo, several miles north of Rome, where he began to write his last novel, Il Petrolio, where he denounced obscure dealing on the highest spheres of government and the corporate world (the ENI, CIA, the mafia, etc.). … Read More


1972 50 Years Old In 1972 he started to collaborate with the extreme-left association Lotta Continua, producing a documentary, 12 dicembre, concerning the Piazza Fontana bombing. … Read More
…  Testimony by Pasolini's friend Sergio Citti indicated that some of the rolls of film from Salò had been stolen, and that Pasolini had been going to meet with the thieves after a visit to Stockholm, 2 November 1975. … Read More
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