Roberto Rossellini
Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Roberto Rossellini
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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Ingrid Bergman In Her Native Tongue - Wall Street Journal
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World War II, her thriving US career and her scandalous relationship with the Italian director Roberto Rossellini all contributed to the long estrangement. But Kino's set returns film lovers to an earlier time and allows them to glimpse the actress
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Italian film giant Ettore Scola retires - AFP
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Scola, one of a raft of Italian greats who shot some of cinema's undying classics in Rome's Cinecitta studios -- together with Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio de Sica -- said he felt out of synch with the industry
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VIDEO ESSAY: The New Wave and the Left Bank, or A Certain Tendency in Modern ... - Indie Wire (blog)
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Citing such directors as Jean Renoir, Alfred Hitchcock and Roberto Rossellini, Truffaut called for a new group of directors to take the reins and follow in these men's footsteps by creating films that unmistakably belonged to their respective director
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Cinema Romantica - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The European branch of the firm, headed by Stefano's brother, offers collector-quality packages of films by a who's who roster of directors: Andy Warhol, David Lynch, Roberto Rossellini, Pedro Almodovar, Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson and dozens more
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Retired Adult Program to offer Italian film director lectures - Northwest Herald
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The September lecture series will focus on Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini. This lecture takes place from 1 to 4 pm Sept. 10 in Room B168-169. The cost is $18. Use course ID: NRA S64 001 when registering. Vittorio De Sica directed “Shoeshine,”
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Seeing Stars - New Yorker (blog)
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The other is a one-man strand, Roberto Rossellini—his blend of analytical intellectualism and documentary-style investigation. And I think that his work rose to an even higher pitch—and, especially, inspired the future filmmakers of the French New
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“FROM SAINT TO WHORE” THE INGRID BERGMAN CHEATING SCANDAL - The National Enquirer
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When the world learned of her affair with ROBERTO ROSSELLINI, the acclaimed playboy movie director, Ingrid went “from saint to whore” in the eyes of her legion of fans. Publicly, thanks to the Hollywood PR machine Ingrid was happily married to Dr
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TIFF relives Italian neorealism's glory days - blogTO (blog)
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Among Burke's picks for those looking to the Lightbox for a neorealism crash course are two of Roberto Rossellini's famed War Trilogy — Rome, Open City (August 10, 6:45pm) and Pasian (July 29, 6:30pm). Both shot in the immediate aftermath of German
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Letters to Datebook, July 31 - San Francisco Chronicle
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And who bravely turned her back on Hollywood to live and work with Roberto Rossellini in such seminal films as "Voyage to Italy," "Stromboli" and "Europa 51"? Then, can LaSalle have been sober when he saw Judy Garland in her red velvet dress against a
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Herald exclusive: Lucky encounters with MF Husain - DAWN.com
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When in 1956 Roberto Rossellini – invited by prime minister Pandit Nehru – came to India to shoot India '56, the Italian film-maker announced he had fallen in love with two people: Husain and Calcutta's Sonali Dasgupta who was part of the film project
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Reportage: Mani Kaul Memorial Meeting, Mumbai - DearCinema
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Speakers included Anurag Kashyap who spoke about his collaboration with Mani Kaul on two of his last scripts, “Under Her Spell”, on Padgaonkar's book on Roberto Rossellini and his affair with an Indian
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Lights off - The Hindu
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Almost tempting fate, Mani was working on the script of “Under Her Spell”, Dileep Padgaonkar's book that shows many unexplored facets of Roberto Rossellini's life. The director in Mani was indeed under a spell as he sought to beat an imaginary deadline
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roberto Rossellini
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 70
    Roberto Rossellini died of a heart attack aged 71 in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Rossellini's films after his early Neo-Realist films—particularly his films with Ingrid Bergman—were commercially unsuccessful, though Journey to Italy is well regarded in some quarters. He was an acknowledged master for the critics of Cahiers du Cinema in general and André Bazin, François Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard in particular. Truffaut noted in his 1963 essay, Roberto Rossellini Prefers Real Life (available in The Films In My Life) that Rossellini's influence in France particularly among the directors who would become part of the nouvelle vague was so great that he was in every sense, "the father of the French New Wave". His posthumous ex-son-in-law Martin Scorsese has also acknowledged Rossellini's seminal influence in his documentary, My Voyage to Italy (the title itself a take on Rossellini's Voyage to Italy). An important point to note is that out of Scorsese's selection of Italian films from a select group of directors (Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Vittorio De Sica, Michelangelo Antonioni) Rossellini's films form at least half of the films discussed and analyzed, highlighting Rossellini's monumental role in Italian and world cinema. The films covered include his Neo-Realist films to his films with Ingrid Bergman as well as The Flowers of St. Francis, a film about St. Francis of Assisi. Scorsese notes in his documentary that in contrast to directors who often become more restrained and more conservative stylistically as their careers advance, Rossellini became more and more unconventional and was constantly experimenting with new styles and technical challenges.
  • 1973
    Age 66
    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."
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  • 1971
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They worked daily for two weeks in Rome in summer 1970; but financing was inadequate to begin filming.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1957
    Age 50
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Rossellini and Sonali had a daughter together, Raffaella Rossellini (born 1958), who is also an actress and model. In 1973 Rossellini left Sonali for a young woman, Silvia D'Amico.
  • FORTIES
  • 1950
    Age 43
    Rossellini and De Marchis separated in 1950 (and eventually divorced).
    More Details Hide Details Although he wasn't personally religious, he had a strong interest in Christian values in the contemporary world; he loved the Church's ethical teaching, and was enchanted by religious sentiment—things which he saw as being neglected in the materialist world.
  • 1948
    Age 41
    In 1948, Rossellini received a letter from a famous foreign actress proposing a collaboration:
    More Details Hide Details With this letter began one of the best known love stories in film history, with Bergman and Rossellini both at the peak of their careers. Their first collaboration was Stromboli terra di Dio (1950) (in the island of Stromboli, whose volcano quite conveniently erupted during filming). This affair caused a great scandal in some countries (Bergman and Rossellini were both married to other people); the scandal intensified when Bergman became pregnant with Roberto Ingmar Rossellini. Rossellini and Bergman had two more children, Isabella Rossellini (actress & model) and her twin, Ingrid Isotta. Europa '51 (1952), Siamo Donne (1953), Journey to Italy (1954), La paura (1954) and Giovanna d'Arco al rogo (1954) were the other films on which they worked together. In 1957, Jawaharlal Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister at the time, invited him to India to make the documentary India and put some life into the floundering Indian Films Division. Though married to Bergman, he had an affair with Sonali DasGupta, a screenwriter, herself married to local filmmaker Hari Sadhan DasGupta, who was helping develop vignettes for the film. Given the climate of the 1950s, this led to a huge scandal in India as well as in Hollywood. Nehru had to ask Rossellini to leave. Soon after, Bergman and Rossellini separated.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1943
    Age 36
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Fellini assisted on the script and Fabrizi played the role of the priest, while Rossellini self-produced. Most of the money came from credits and loans, and film had to be found on the black market. This dramatic film was an immediate success. Rossellini had started now his so-called Neorealistic Trilogy, the second title of which was Paisà (1946), produced with non-professional actors, and the third, Germany, Year Zero (1948), sponsored by a French producer and filmed in Berlin's French sector. In Berlin also, Rossellini preferred non-actors, but he was unable to find a face he found "interesting"; he placed his camera in the center of a town square, as he did for Paisà, but was surprised when nobody came to watch. As he declared in an interview, "in order to really create the character that one has in mind, it is necessary for the director to engage in a battle with his actor which usually ends with submitting to the actor's wish. Since I do not have the desire to waste my energy in a battle like this, I only use professional actors occasionally". One of the reasons for success is supposed to be Rossellini's rewriting of the scripts according to the non-professional actors' feelings and histories. Regional accent, dialect, and costumes were shown in the film as they were in real life.
  • 1940
    Age 33
    In 1940 he was called to assist Francesco De Robertis on Uomini sul Fondo.
    More Details Hide Details His close friendship with Vittorio Mussolini, son of Il Duce, has been interpreted as a possible reason for having been preferred to other apprentices. Some authors describe the first part of his career as a sequence of trilogies. His first feature film, The White Ship (1941) was sponsored by the audiovisual propaganda centre of Navy Department and is the first work in Rossellini's "Fascist Trilogy", together with A Pilot Returns (1942) and The Man with a Cross (1943). To this period belongs his friendship and cooperation with Federico Fellini and Aldo Fabrizi.
  • 1937
    Age 30
    In 1937, Rossellini made his first documentary, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.
    More Details Hide Details After this essay, he was called to assist Goffredo Alessandrini in making Luciano Serra pilota, one of the most successful Italian films of the first half of the 20th century.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1936
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was after a quick annulment from Assia Noris, a Russian actress who worked in Italian films. De Marchis and Rossellini had two sons: Marco Romano (born 3 July 1937 and died of appendicitis in 1946), and Renzo.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1922
    Age 15
    He lived on the Via Ludovisi, where Benito Mussolini had his first Roman hotel in 1922 when Fascism obtained power in Italy.
    More Details Hide Details Rossellini's father built the first cinema in Rome, the "Barberini", a theater where movies could be projected, granting his son an unlimited free pass; the young Rossellini started frequenting the cinema at an early age. When his father died, he worked as a soundmaker for films and for a certain time he experienced all the accessory jobs related to the creation of a film, gaining competence in each field. Rossellini had a brother, Renzo, who later scored many of his films.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1906
    Born
    Born on May 8, 1906.
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