Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini

Director + Producer + Screenwriter
Born May 8, 1906

Roberto Rossellini was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Rossellini was one of the directors of the Italian neorealist cinema, contributing films such as Roma città aperta (Rome, Open City 1945) to the movement.

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1906 Birth Born on May 8, 1906.


1922 16 Years Old He lived on the Via Ludovisi, where Benito Mussolini had his first Roman hotel in 1922 when Fascism obtained power in Italy. … Read More


1936 30 Years Old On 26 September 1936, he married Marcella De Marchis (17 January 1916, Rome – 25 February 2009, Sarteano), a costume designer with whom he collaborated even after their marriage was over. … Read More
1937 31 Years Old In 1937, Rossellini made his first documentary, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. … Read More
1940 34 Years Old In 1940 he was called to assist Francesco De Robertis on Uomini sul Fondo. … Read More
1943 37 Years Old The Fascist regime collapsed in 1943 and just two months after the liberation of Rome (4 June 1944), Rossellini was already preparing the anti-fascist Roma città aperta (Rome, Open City 1945). … Read More


1948 42 Years Old …  In 1948, Rossellini received a letter from a famous foreign actress proposing a collaboration: … Read More
1950 44 Years Old Rossellini and De Marchis separated in 1950 (and eventually divorced). … Read More


1957 51 Years Old Rossellini eloped with married Sonali DasGupta, when she was only 27 years old and later married her in 1957 and adopted her young son Arjun, renamed Gil Rossellini (23 October 1956 – 3 October 2008). … Read More


1971 65 Years Old In 1971, Rice University in Houston, Texas, invited Rossellini to help establish a Media Center, where in 1970 he had begun planning a film on science with Rice Professor, Donald D. Clayton. … Read More
1973 67 Years Old In 1973, he was invited to teach at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he taught a one-semester course entitled "The Essential Image."
1977 71 Years Old Roberto Rossellini died of a heart attack aged 71 in 1977. … Read More
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