Chorus of faces
Author: Igor Mariottini
In the early sixties Yacef Saadi, an ex-combattent of the F.L.N. (National Liberation Front) came to Italy to look for a co-producer and director, for a film about Algerian independence. In the sixties, Gillo Pontecorvo and Franco Solinas, start work on Parà, dealing with the struggles for Algerian independence. This was to have been a co-production with the U.S.A; but a collaboration with the Americans did not materialise. Pontecorvo and Solinas decided to turn to Antonio Musu of the Igor Film of Rome. He, together with Saadi for the Casbah Film
Couragious first film for Laurent Herbiet, the forty-five year-old French director (already the maker of a short length film entitled The feet of heaven ), who decides to bring to the screen the novel of Francis Zamponi, Mon Colonel, using the same title.
Memories extorted from an absented minded person
Author: Irene Bignardi
I am a cinema critic, but this is not a cinema book. It is a story, written in the third person. But hidden in it there is a first person who recounts, forgets and reconstructs memories of seventy nine years of life, and a first person who listens, provokes, asks for a special story, who introduces the case of a gentleman, Gillo Pontecorvo, who has been "also" a great film director.
A memory of Giuliano Montaldo
Author: Giuliano Montaldo
When I was asked to write about my memories of Gillo Pontecorvo I did not imagine that I should have such difficulty; I was overwhelmed by many memories, images, the many years we lived together. Gillo was not only a precious friend but also a great master. In the mid-fifties he, Franco Giraldi and I shared an appartment on the top floor of a large palazzo in Via Massaciuccoli. We were always hard up, but full of optimism
The meeting that never was
Author: Pasquale Grella
Thinking of films and documentaries that in the course of the years have contributed to the growth of Italian culture, it is impossible to dwell on all those faces which the film world has bequeathed to our memories. Faces of women, babies, or entire peoples that history has completely blotted out, but who continue to live in works of directors sensitive to changes in society; Among the masters
Author: Manuela Fine
Gillo Pontecorvo was born in Pisa in 1919. He took up journalism after graduating in Chemistry; As a boy he developed a passion for cinema, but it was only after the visit to Pisa of Roberto Rossellini that he chose to become a film director. He had had in that period, some experience as actor, and in the early fifties he became assistant to Yves Allegret and Joris Ivens in Paris and assistant to Steno and Mario Monicelli in Italy