Roberto Gastone Zeffiro Rossellini, born May 8, 1906, is a well-known Italian screenwriter and director. Rossellini had a pass to the theater since his father built the first cinema in Rome. He frequented the cinema at an early age and worked as a sound maker for films.
Rossellini married Marcella de Marchis in 1936 and they had two sons. They divorced in 1950 and Rossellini married Ingrid Bergman. This marriage lasted until 1957 when they divorced and Rossellini married Sonali Das Gupta. Rossellini had six children including an adopted stepson and stepdaughter.
Rossellini's first documentary was Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune in 1937. He then assisted in Luciano Serra's pilot and in1940 assisted Francesco De Robertis on Uomini sul Fondo.
Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman collaborated in Stromboli terra di Dio (1950), Europa '51 (1952) and Journey to Italy (1953). They also collaborated off screen and had three children during their marriage. During a directorial program in India, Rossellini had a situation with Sonali Das Gupta. The huge scandal led to Nehru ousting from India and the divorce of Bergman and Rossellini.
Rossellini films were not often unsuccessful, but his influence in France was high among directors. Rossellini is known as the "Father of the French New Wave". Rossellini was constantly experimenting with unconventional ideas and trying new styles in film. He directed over 100 films including The World Population (1974), Beauborug, centre d'art et e culture Georges Pompidou (1977).
Rossellini passed away at the age of 71 on June 3, 1977 in Rome, Italy.