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Producer Arthur Cohn has won six Academy Awards. His latest project, “One Day in September,” focuses on the tragic events of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, where Palestinian terrorists invaded the Olympic Village and massacred 11 Israeli athletes. The film won this year’s Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, and will debut September 11 on HBO.
Cohn’s other film achievements include Best Feature Documentary Oscars for “The Sky Above, The Mud Below” and “American Dream.” Cohn has also won Best Foreign Film Oscars for “Black and White in Color,” a satirical anti-war story set in Africa’s Ivory Coast; “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” for which he teamed with Vittorio De Sica to create the study of an aristocratic Italian family’s response to Mussolini and fascism in Italy; and “Dangerous Moves,” a drama set in the high-tension world of international chess championships. Other films produced by Cohn include: “Sunflowers,” starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni; “Women Times Seven,” starring Shirley MacLaine; “Two Bits,” starring Al Pacino; the internationally-hailed documentary drama “The Final Solution;” and the acclaimed “Brief Vacation,” starring Florinda Bolkan.
Cohn has had world-renowned retrospectives of his films presented by The American Film Institute in Washington and Los Angeles, and has had similar retrospectives in Hong Kong, Manila, Cairo, Jerusalem and Munich, as well as at many film festivals. He was the first filmmaker to receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University. On the legendary Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame, a star forever bears his name, an honor usually reserved for Americans. The mayor of Los Angeles declared an “Arthur Cohn Day,” and in 1996 the French Ministry of Culture bestowed upon Cohn the highest order that a non-French citizen can receive — the “Commander of the Arts and the Letters.”
Born in Basel, Switzerland, Cohn studied international law and was a journalist and author before turning to producing.