Writer, journalist, filmmaker
In his autobiographical poem Coccodrillo (Crocodile), Pasolini described Bologna as a city that "re-emerges from the fourteenth-century fired bricks and has not been swallowed up by concrete". Pasolini was born in Bologna and studied there, where he graduated in Literature after completing a final thesis about Pascoli. He began his remarkable career as a poet while attending university, when he wrote his first collection of poems in Friuli's dialect, and subsequently dealt with fiction, theatre, essay-writing and cinema.
He always retained a special relationship with Bologna: In 1955 he launched the literary journal "Officina" there, and also filmed some scenes from Comizi d'amore (Love Meetings) (1964), Edipo Re (Oedipus Rex) (1967) and Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1975) in Bologna. In 2003, the actress Laura Betti, who was a good friend of him, gave his manuscripts, audiovisual material and photos to Bologna's Film Library, and they are now part of the prestigious heritage cherished by Pier Paolo Pasolini Research Centre - Archives.
- Bologna, March 5, 1922 - Lido di Ostia, November 2, 1975
- 17 years old only when entered at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bologna
- 23 works of filmography
- 10 narrative works
- 18 works of essay writing
- 7 poetry collections
- 6 plays written