Tullio Pinelli by Damian Pettigrew (2002)
24 June 1908|
Turin, Piedmont, Italy
|Died||7 March 2009
|Spouse(s)||Madeleine LeBeau (1988-2009)|
Born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, Pinelli began his career as a civil lawyer but spent his free time working in the theatre as a playwright. Descended from a long line of Italian patriots, his great-uncle General Ferdinando Pinelli quashed the bandit revolt in Calabria following Italian unification.
He first met Fellini in a Rome kiosk in 1947 while they were reading opposite pages of the same newspaper. "Meeting each other," explained Pinelli, "was a creative lightning bolt. We spoke the same language from the start... We were fantasizing about a screenplay that would be the exact opposite of what was fashionable then: the story of a very shy and modest office worker who discovered he can fly; so he flaps his arms and escapes out the window. It certainly wasn't Italian neorealism. But the idea never went anywhere either." The anecdote about flying presages the opening scene of 8½ (1963) in which the protagonist, a prominent film director, who dreams of escape by flying out of his car caught in a traffic jam.
Pinelli turned 100 on 24th June 2008.
- The Opium Den (1947)
- Tullio Kezich, Federico Fellini: His Life and Work, Faber and Faber, Inc., 2006, p. 96.
- Kezich, Federico Fellini: His Life and Work, p. 96
- Pinelli, Tullio (2008). L'uomo a cavallo. Roma: Edizioni Sabinae.
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