A young Federico in Rome. He was born January 20, 1920 in the Adriatic town of Rimini, Italy and went to Rome in 1939 where is soon became a writer for radio. After the Allied liberation of Rome, he worked on several neo-realist movies including "Rome, Open City." Talented and ambitious, he soon became a director. "Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me."