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This five-time Oscar-winning distinguished Swiss-born international producer has played an important role in distributing a wide range of foreign and documentary films in the USA. Cohn's first notable success was the Oscar-winning documentary "Le ciel et la boue/The Sky Above, the Mud Below" (1961). Later, he teamed with Vittorio de Sica, handling most of the master director's final films, including the Oscar-winning study of two Jewish families who cannot escape their destiny in the second World War, the highly-acclaimed "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" (1971). Cohn continued his string of Best Foreign Film Oscars with "Black and White in Color" (1976), a satirical anti-war story set in Africa's Ivory Coast, and "La Diagonale du Fou/Dangerous Moves" (1984), a drama, shot in Switzerland and set in the high-tension world of international championship chess. He also made notable returns to the realm of documentary with "The Final Solution" (1983), termed by Elie Wiesel as the most impressive film-document about the Holocaust. and with Barbara Kopple's landmark saga of a six-year labor dispute at a Minnesota meat-packing plant, "American Dream" (1990). More recently, he produced the family drama...

This five-time Oscar-winning distinguished Swiss-born international producer has played an important role in distributing a wide range of foreign and documentary films in the USA. Cohn's first notable success was the Oscar-winning documentary "Le ciel et la boue/The Sky Above, the Mud Below" (1961). Later, he teamed with Vittorio de Sica, handling most of the master director's final films, including the Oscar-winning study of two Jewish families who cannot escape their destiny in the second World War, the highly-acclaimed "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" (1971).

Cohn continued his string of Best Foreign Film Oscars with "Black and White in Color" (1976), a satirical anti-war story set in Africa's Ivory Coast, and "La Diagonale du Fou/Dangerous Moves" (1984), a drama, shot in Switzerland and set in the high-tension world of international championship chess. He also made notable returns to the realm of documentary with "The Final Solution" (1983), termed by Elie Wiesel as the most impressive film-document about the Holocaust. and with Barbara Kopple's landmark saga of a six-year labor dispute at a Minnesota meat-packing plant, "American Dream" (1990).

More recently, he produced the family drama "Two Bits" (1995), starring Al Pacino, and the Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner "Central Station/Central do Brasil" (1998).

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Source: The Stars of Hollywood Forever: 1901-2006

Born: 1914 New York
Died: August 1, 1959 Pound Ridge, NY
When Ralph was in his teens, he would travel by train every summer to work in Columbia Pictures' film library where he learned film editing, eventually becoming an assistant cutter. He was responsible for starting the "Ford Theatre" on television and in 1952 was named vice president and general manager of Screen Gems, becoming president in 1958. Cohn was the son of producer Jack Cohn.

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