Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Writer/director Sergio Citti dies in Rome

Sergio Citti, known as a powerful influence on Pier-Paolo Pasolini, died in Rome on October 11 after a long illness. Citti is credited with having introduced Pasolini into the lowlife suburbs of Rome that provided characters and background for many of his films. These include "Accattone", "Mama Roma" and "Salo, or 100 days of Sodom".

Citti went on to contribute to other films including Federico Fellini's "Le Notti di Cabiria" (The Nights of Cabiria) and Bernardo Bertolucci's "La Comare Secca" (The Grim Reaper). He also directed a number of films himself, including this year's "Fratella e Sorello" (brother and sister). He is survived by his brother, the actor Franco Citti.

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