Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian actor, director, writer, screenwriter, co-writer, editor, and musician, born on March 5, 1922, in Bologna. Early in his work experiences he attempted an acting career at Cinecittà, then returning to teaching from 1951 to 1953 at a suburban school nearby Rome.
Chance would have it, his neighbours were the Bertoluccis, with whom Pier Paolo struck up an immediate friendship. With Bernardo he took his first steps in cinematography, while thanks to his father Attilio he had the impressive commission from a renowned publishing house for two poetry anthologies. His biographical story fully coincides with the tumultuous activity of the writer, director and intellectual committed to testifying and defending his own radical diversity, often even in court.
In 1972 he received the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival for the film Canterbury Tales and in 1974 he was awarded with the Cannes Jury Grand Prix, collecting all of the most prestigious acknowledgements both nationally and internationally.
At the age of 53, Pasolini was found dead at the Ostia hydroport (1975). A scandalous and countercultural life thus came to an end.