November 2nd is the anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini's death; he was killed at the Idroscalo di Ostia on November 2nd, 1975 and his murder deprived Italy and the world of a multifarious intellectual – poet, narrator, essayist, film maker and playwright, one of the most acute and profound observer of our time.
Bologna owes Pier Paolo Pasolini a lot: in this city, in Via Borgonovo, Pasolini was born on March 5, 1922, here he had his education studying at the Galvani high school first, and then attending the University from where he graduated in liberal arts. In 1955 he founded and directed the magazine Officina, together with Francesco Leonetti and Roberto Roversi.
In the 1950s he moved to Rome where he started working as a playwright and made his debut as a director in 1961 with the film “Accattone”. Nevertheless Pasolini often came back to his native city, also for directing some of his movies' scenes, such as the final setting of “Edipo Re” (1967) in Piazza Maggiore or those that were shot at Villa Aldini for Pasolini's last film “Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma” (1975). Without forgetting when he interviewed the championship-winner Bologna football team for his “Comizi d'amore” (1964)
Since 2003 the Library "Renzo Renzi" of Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna has housed a large international documentation about the work and the intellectual personality of Pier Paolo Pasolini. It includes over 1200 books, as well as an archive of photos, audiovisuals, magazines, catalogues, printed matters, dissertation, recorded documents, conferences, debates, participation in radio programs.
It 's an important documentation collected and preserved thanks to the initiative of the actress Laura Betti who was born nearby Bologna, in Casalecchio di Reno. She founded the Association Fondo Pier Paolo Pasolini which gave rise to the Centro Studi - Archivio Pier Paolo Pasolini in Bologna. Since Laura Betti's death (2004), according to her brother Sergio Trombetti's willing, near Fondo Pasolini there is also “Donazione Betti”(Betti's donation) which presents photos, texts and personal objects testifying the creative artistic itinerary of this great Bologna actress.