Arthur Cohn

Arthur Cohn
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Arthur Cohn
Film: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Feb. 4, 1927 in Basel, Switzerland

Arthur Cohn, the five-time Oscar-winning Swiss producer made international fame with his first documentary, 1961’s “The Sky Above, the Mud Below.” He teamed with Italian director Vittorio de Sica with the ill-fated 1967 comedy “Woman Times Seven” and the acclaimed 1971 drama “The Garden of the Finzi-Continas,” which won the best foreign language Oscar and the Golden Bear of the International Film Festival in Berlin. Their final collaboration was 1973’s “A Brief Vacation.”

Cohn produced the 1976 foreign language Oscar winner, “Black and White in Color,” an antiwar satire, and 1984’s “Dangerous Moves,” a Swiss drama set against an international chess championship. He produced Barbara Kopple’s Oscar-winning 1990 documentary “American Dream” and the 1999 Academy Award winner, “One Day in September.”

Among his fictional films are 1995’s “Two Bits” with Al Pacino, the acclaimed 1998 “Central Station” and 2010’s “The Yellow Handkerchief.”

Cohn has been the subject of numerous retrospectives at international film festivals and received the Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture in 1995.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1961 Best Documentary - Feature Le Ciel et la Boue Win*
    1980 Best Documentary - Feature The Yellow Star Nomination*
    1990 Best Documentary - Feature American Dream Win*
    1999 Best Documentary - Feature One Day in September Win*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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