• 1935 Dafne (short) 1937 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (short) 1939 The overbearing turkey (short) 1939 La vivacious Teresa (short) 1940 Underwater fantasy (short) 1941 The Ripasottile stream (short) 1942 A pilot returns 1943 The man from the cross 1945 Rome
    open city 1946 Desiderio 1946 Paisà 1948 Love 1948 Germany
    year zero 1949 The invader 1950 Stromboli 1950 Francesco
    giullare di Dio 1952 Les sept péchés capitals (segment “Envie
    L ’/ Envy") 1952 The bad-killing machine 1952 Europe ’51 1953 We are women (segment "Ingrid Bergman") 1953 Rivalry 1954 Half-century loves (segment "Naples 1943") 1954 Where is Freedom ...? 1954 Trip to Italy 1954 Fear 1954 Joan of Arc at the stake 1959 India: Matri Bhumi (documentary) 1959 General Della Rovere 1960 It was night in Rome 1961 Long live Italy! 1961 Vanina Vanini 1962 Black soul 1963 Ro.Go.Pa.G. (Segment “Illibateness”) 1970 From Jerusalem to Damascus 1974 Year one 1975 Messiah 1977 Beaubourg
    Georges Pompidou art and culture center (documentary)


  • Stromboli
    (Stromboli, Land of God)
    Germany Year Zero
    (Germany year zero)

Roberto Rossellini

The son of a wealthy Roman architect, writer/director Roberto Rossellini was more technically than artistically inclined when he began making amateur films as a teenager. His 1938 short subject Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, was considered worthwhile enough by some film-industry insiders to warrant a theatrical release; unfortunately, it was banned by Italy’s censorship bureau on the grounds of indecency. Even so, when Vittorio Mussolini – the dictator’s movie-executive son ( and a family friend ) – invited young Rossellini to become a professional filmmaker, the 22-year-old dilettante jumped a chance. Assigned to direct a documentary about an Italian hospital ship, he expanded the project into fictional feature, The White Ship, completed in 1940 and released the following year. In 1943, he began work on what many consider the first neorealist film, Desire, in which, utilizing a hand-held camera, Rossellini attempted to approach his subject matter as a spectator rather than director. Unfortunately, he was forced to drop the project, which would be completed by other, more conventional hands three years later. Nonetheless, his brush with cinematic naturalism had left an impression, and, in 1945, he gained international fame with his stark, neorealist feature Rome Open City / Rome, Open City. Country (1946) and Germany Year Zero (1947) followed it. Rossellini devoted his energies almost exclusively to TV films after 1960’s. In his last movie, The Messiah (1978), the director once more stirred up controversy. Rossellini died 1977. His autobiography, My Method: Writings and Interviews, was published posthumously in 1933.