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Gillo Pontecorvo

19 November 1919 to 11 October 2006

Pontecorvo's name is forever linked to his one, unassailable masterpiece, The Battle of Algiers (1966). An account of Algeria's liberation from French rule, it was shot in a neorealist style and exerts an influence which continues to this day. Other films include La Grande Strada Azzura (1957) and Queimada (1969).