Frederic Rossif, European Documentary Filmmaker, Dead at 68
PARIS (AP) _ Frederic Rossif, a Yugoslav-born documentary filmmaker whose subjects included Pablo Picasso, African wildlife and Nazi Germany, died of a heart attack Wednesday, his production company said. He was 68.
He won France’s coveted Jean Vigo award in 1963 for ″To Die in Madrid,″ about the Spanish Civil War, and was considered one of Europe’s foremost documentary filmmakers.
Rossif was born Feb. 16, 1922, in Montenegro, Yugoslavia, and went to college in Rome. He fought with the French Foreign Legion during World War II, then settled in France and gained citizenship in 1947.
One of his most recent major works was a three-hour television documentary about Nazi Germany, ″From Nuremberg to Nuremberg.″ It was completed three years ago but not broadcast until last year.
At the time of his death, Rossif was planning to make a film about Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.