Saturday, 10 January 2015


One of the giants of political cinema has died. Italian director Francesco Rosi won a Cannes Palme d'Or, a Venice Golden Lion, a Berlin Silver Bear, alongside honorary awards from the latter two of those three, and a BAFTA in his career, before he died today, the 10th of January 2015, at age 92, in Rome. His politically charged post-neorealist films such as Salvatore Giuliano, Hands Over the City and The Mattei Affair are widely regarded as classics of European cinema in the 1960s; Rosi continued to work into the '80s and '90s, with popular works such as Three Brothers and Carmen. He is survived by his daughter, former actor Carolina Rosi.