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1 PONTECORVO, GILLO & PIERNICO SOLINAS Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers. A Film Written by Franco Solinas - Edited by Poernico Solinas
New York Scribners 1973 
First Edition. Laid in is an long Autograph Letter Signed from Gillio Pontecorvo written in Italian on printed stationery headed “Communist Youth Federation of Italy –National Constitutional Committee,” sent from Rome on March 20, 1949 to the film director Andrea Forzano. The letter is written in ink entirely in Pontecorvo's hand, 25 lines on the front only, in well legible writing and with sprawling signature. “Dear Forzano… I happened to hear a few days ago that you, too, are a ‘comrade,' and I thought that maybe you could help us. I am writing to you today in the name of the Communist Youth Federation to ask you to facilitate the realization of a documentary about the constitutional congress of the F.G.C.I. [Communist Youth Federation of Italy] which, as you probably know, will take place in Livorno from March 29 to April 2, with all the leadership members present.” After specifying that they have 400.000 lire at their disposal, he lists a series of technical requests of support. A complete English translation of the letter is included. An excellent original autograph document of the famous filmmaker and script-writer. Gillo Pontecorvo (1919-2006). Of Jewish background, Pontecorvo left Italy after the enactment of the Fascist racial laws and, in exile with his brother Bruno, famous nuclear physicist of the Via Panisperna group. Pontecorvo joined the communist party. He became a famous director working as assistant of Monicelli and Steno and in 1966 winning the Golden Lion at the International Cinema Festival in Venice with the film “The Battle of Algiers.” Andrea Forzano (Viareggio, 1914-1992) director and screenwriter, was the son of the comedy-writer Gioacchino, who was among others Puccini's libretto writer. The document holds particular interest because it attests to Pontecorvo's attention to the cinematographic world well over four years before his debut documentary in 1953, “Mission Timiriazev.” The book is the complete scenario and interviews with director Gillo Pontecorvo and screenwriter Franco Solinas. The acclaimed film was a realistic, documentary-like recreation of the Algerian rebellion against the French. issued paperbound, this is one of the uncommon hardbound issue. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Pontecorvo autograph material is rare. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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