Nelson Mandela, a life in cinema

Posted on Dec 6 2013 - 4:48am by Admin

Tributes that multiply since the announcement Thursday night of the death of Nelson Mandela , the former South African president who played a key role in the fight against apartheid, demonstrate the scope of man, became a true global icon of peace.


See also our story of his life in pictures: Death of Nelson Mandela: how the life of a man has changed the destiny of a country
Long before his death, already many films paid tribute to him or were inspired by his story, which marked the twentieth century. A film based on the autobiography of Nelson Mandela , Long Walk to Freedom, has also taken the lead at the box office in South Africa in early December, just days after its release. A film that has granted early release in 98 rooms there one week, preceded by a VIP screening this month for the family of Nelson Mandela and others.

Mandela (1996)

This film directed by Jo Menell and Angus Gibson is an official biographical documentary about Nelson Mandela. Through numerous testimonies, the film explores childhood, family, education, and the long struggle for peace of former South African president, including his experience in the prison of Robben Island. Nominated for an Oscar for best documentary film at the time of its release, Mandela has interviews with Nelson Mandela and his second wife Winnie, as well as former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk.

Mandela and De Klerk (1997)

Directed in 1997 by Joseph Sargent, this TV movie traces the career policy of Nelson Mandela in 1964, after being sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island. Mr. Mandela will then be released in 1990 after an official announcement by the South African president at the time, Frederik Willem de Klerk. This film tells the award of power between two eras, between two visions of Africa South. This is Syndey Poitier who embodies “Madiba”, while Michael Caine plays the role of President de Klerk. The film received a Golden Globe nomination in 1998

Goodbye Bafana (2007)

Goodbye Bafana was directed by Bille August and is the result of an international co-production. The film traces the life of James Gregory, the prison guard of Nelson Mandela, a white South African. For twenty-five years, James Gregory was responsible for censoring mail Mandela. He eventually became his friend and confidant, after having become increasingly aware of the hardness of the apartheid for blacks in South Africa.

The film is based on the novel written by James Gregory, also decried by the authorized Mandela, Anthony Sampson, who accuses Gregory of biographer have grown this special relationship and violated the intimate life of the prisoner. James Fiennes as James Gregory and Diane Kruger in that of his wife Gloria and Dennis Haysbert in the Nelson Mandela.

  Invictus (2009)

Directed by Clint Eastwood, Invictus is the most recent and best known of the life of Nelson Mandela film. The story then goes that Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa in 1995, five years after his release from the prison of Robben Island.

The film tells how Mandela made ​​preparations for the World Cup rugby a personal battle to the point of wearing the green jersey and gold team on this solemn day where ever a game of rugby will have had also a great political significance. With the help of the captain and third-line wing of the South African XV Francois Pienaar (played by Matt Damon), Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) united the country under the auspices of sports is the hope of common victory.Morgan Freeman and Nelson Mandela have been both nominated for Oscars for their performances in the film, praised by Nelson Mandela himself. Invictus was appointed Caesar 2011 Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award 2010.

A Long Road to Freedom (2013)

Adaptation of the autobiography of the same name published there fifteen years, the film, which will be released in France on December 18, was partially filmed in Soweto, the “township” low “Madiba”. The roles of Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, are interpreted by two British actors, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. Bias director Justin Chadwick has been to focus on the struggle of Nelson Mandela against institutionalized racial segregation in South Africa and “damage” committed on his family life.

If celebrates the life of Mandela, the film also showcases South Africans themselves, many of the screen in spectacular scenes of crowd who relive the violence that marked the apartheid regime. “My job was to create a 360 ° seems genuine and honest people who are represented “in the film, said Mr. Chadwick.Hollywood rumor up this film for several weeks in the list of films that should get appointments at the next Oscars, which will be presented March 2, 2014.

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