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Pier Paolo Pasolini

1922 - 1975

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Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian: [ˈpjɛr ˈpaːolo pazoˈliːni]; 5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) was an Italian poet, filmmaker, writer and intellectual who also distinguished himself as a journalist, novelist, translator, playwright, visual artist and actor. He is considered one of the defining public intellectuals in 20th-century Italy, influential both as an artist and a political figure.A controversial personality due to his straightforward style, Pasolini's legacy remains contentious. Openly gay and a strong advocate for Christian values in his youth, he also became an avowed Marxist shortly after the end of World War II, while voicing strong criticism of petty bourgeois values and the emerging consumerism in Italy, juxtaposing socio-political polemics with a critical examination of taboo sexual matters. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pier Paolo Pasolini has received more than 3,082,871 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Pier Paolo Pasolini is the 13th most popular film director (up from 15th in 2019), the 159th most popular biography from Italy (down from 157th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Italian Film Director.

Pier Paolo Pasolini was a poet, novelist, filmmaker, and intellectual. He is most famous for his film "The Gospel According to St. Matthew."

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Among film directors, Pier Paolo Pasolini ranks 13 out of 1,581Before him are Ingmar Bergman, Hayao Miyazaki, Woody Allen, Ridley Scott, Sergei Eisenstein, and Roman Polanski. After him are Luchino Visconti, Luis Buñuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, Jean-Luc Godard, Sergio Leone, and Francis Ford Coppola.

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Among people born in 1922, Pier Paolo Pasolini ranks 4Before him are José Saramago, Stan Lee, and Yitzhak Rabin. After him are Thomas Kuhn, Christopher Lee, Judy Garland, Norodom Sihanouk, Ava Gardner, Pierre Cardin, Erich Hartmann, and Franjo Tuđman. Among people deceased in 1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini ranks 6Before him are Francisco Franco, Hannah Arendt, Dmitri Shostakovich, Chiang Kai-shek, and Haile Selassie. After him are Ivo Andrić, Josephine Baker, Aristotle Onassis, Otto Skorzeny, Umm Kulthum, and Arnold J. Toynbee.

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Among people born in Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini ranks 159 out of 4,668Before him are Gaetano Donizetti (1797), Pope Pius VI (1717), Gina Lollobrigida (1927), Tomaso Albinoni (1671), Marcello Mastroianni (1924), and Pope Leo XI (1535). After him are Carlo Collodi (1826), Pope Clement XII (1652), Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632), Luchino Visconti (1906), Pope Benedict XIV (1675), and Gaius Marius (-157).


Among film directors born in Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini ranks 2Before him are Federico Fellini (1920). After him are Luchino Visconti (1906), Sergio Leone (1929), Bernardo Bertolucci (1941), Michelangelo Antonioni (1912), Roberto Rossellini (1906), Vittorio De Sica (1901), Tinto Brass (1933), Franco Zeffirelli (1923), Frank Capra (1897), and Dario Argento (1940).