EPITAPH : ROBERTO ROSSELLINI

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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of influential people, who are no longer among us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the Italian film director, Roberto Rossellini.

Roberto Gastone Zeffiro Rossellini was born in 1977, in Rome, Italy. Young Roberto’s father was the owner of a successful construction company. While his mother spent her time taking care of the family and the house.

Rossellini was able to tour Europe on his father’s fortune, before it was seized by the Fascist government. In search for a job, Rossellini found himself working in cinema. This was his first taste of the industry that would make his future career.

The Great Director : Roberto Rossellini

Rossellini’s first film was La nave bianca (1941; White Ship). Unfortunately, due to the movie’s controversial subject, his name was removed as director just before the movie was released. So, he never earned proper recognition for his first directorial project.

Rossellini also directed his talents towards furthering political, anti-Fascist agenda. He recorded anti-Fascist protests and strung these together into a documentary that features Anna Magnani. The film was called Open City and came to be recognised as one of the most important films of the time. Following this, Rossellini was dubbed the inventor of Neorealism.

Roberto Rossellini directed other important films including Il generale della Rovere (1959; General Della Rovere). He also worked on Era notte a Roma (1960; “It Was Night at Rome”); and Vanina Vanini (1961; The Betrayer). A versatile and serious director, he also showcased his talents through stage and television film productions.

Rosellini’s work and style also influenced an entire generation of directors after him. These include Martin Scorsese and Federico Fellini, both of whom have acknowledged his influence on their work.
Rossellini died in 1997.


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