About 2,000 people joined a funeral procession through the streets of Rome on Monday (6 June) to pay their last respects to film director, Roberto Rossellini.
SV INTERIOR with Rossellini's coffin lying in state with flowers on top in Rome, Italy
CU PAN Rossellini family standing around the coffin
CU AND SV Newsmen film as coffin is carried out of house and into hearse (2 shots)
SV Funeral procession moves off with family and mourners following behind hearse (2 shots)
TV Huge crowd in street as hearse passes by
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Background: About 2,000 people joined a funeral procession through the streets of Rome on Monday (6 June) to pay their last respects to film director, Roberto Rossellini.
SYNOPSIS: Rossellini died on Friday (4 June), aged 71. The mourners included his Indian-born widow, Sonali, his first wife Marcella, his children, government representatives and political leaders. Italian Minister of Entertainment, Dario Antoniozzi, said in a eulogy that Rossellini had been a man of great civil and cultural stature.
It was Rossellini who helped resurrect the Italian cinema from the ruins of the second world war and turn it into a worldwide influence. He won international fame with two films dealing with the effects of war and liberation on the Italian people. "Rome Open City" and "Paisa" were both shot in the streets with hand-held cameras. The resulting raw realism shocked the film world which was accustomed to more orthodox shooting techniques. The films received poor notices to start with. But later, an American army officer bough it and took it to New York where it ran for two years -- a record at that time.
In the 1950s, Rossellini's love affair with the Swedish-born actress, Ingrid Bergman, attracted more attention than his films. He inspired both deep affection and bitter hostility. But most people agreed he was a man of genius.