While at university began first documentary (shot in an insane asylum); later abandoned
Wrote for newspaper, <i>Il Corriere Padano</i> in Ferrara
Began writing for magazine <i>Cinema</i>, fired for political reasons after only a few months; magazine's director was Mussolini's son Vittorio
First film as co-screenwriter, "Un piloto ritorna"; director and co-screenwriter was Roberto Rossellini
Worked as assistant director on Enrico Fulchignoni's "I due Foscari" and in France on Marcel Carne's "Les visiteurs du soir"
Served in Italian army; sneaked out of camp to work with Fulchignoni and contrived trip to Paris to work with Marcel returning to Italy when military leave expired
Worked as a translator of French literature
Directed and wrote 11 short films; debut, "Gente del Po" (shot in 1943, completed 1947)
Feature film directing debut (also co-screenwriter; from story), "Cronaca di un Amore/Story of a Love Affair"
Sole producing credit, Nicolo Ferrari's "Uomini in piu"
"Le amici/The Girlfriends" widely agreed to be director's first truly outstanding achievement
Directed Monica Vitti on stage in "I Am a Camera"
Worked as uncredited co-director on "La tempesta" (Alberto Lattuada) and "Nel segno di Roma" (Guido Brignone)
Achieved new level of international recognition and success with his "L'Avventura"
Used color film for first time in "Il deserto russo/The Red Desert"
First English-language film, "Blow-Up", made in Great Britain; received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay
Directed only US film, "Zabriskie Point"
"The Passenger", starring Jack Nicholson, brought renewed critical recognition and some degree of commercial success
Last film for a decade, "Identificazione di una donna/Identification of a Woman"
Suffered heart attack that left him partially paralyzed
Completed the documentary short, "Noto - Mandorli - Vulcano - Stromboli - Carnevale/Volcanoes and Carnival"
Returned triumphantly to form directing "Beyond the Clouds"; Wim Wenders directed linking sequences (including a prologue and epilogue)
His wife directed a documentary "For Me, to Make a Film Is to Live" chronicling the making of "Beyond the Clouds"
Presented with honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement