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Rod Steiger Wins Best Actor Award at Berlin Film Festival

July 7, 1964 - Turkey, the United States, Japan, India, and the Netherlands took the prizes tonight as Berlin’s 14th international film festival ended after a 12-day competition at which 34 countries presented 58 features and documentaries.

Rod Steiger (right) of the U.S. won the best actor’s award for his portrayal of Sol Nazerman, survivor of concentration camps and operator of a Harlem pawnshop, in the official American entry, “The Pawnbroker.”

The jury’s decision to award the “Golden Bear” award to “Dry Summer,” a Turkish film, came as a surprise to most observers. However, Ulvi Dogan, the youthful producer, had jokingly forecast the success of his first film effort at a press conference a week ago.

The best actress award went to Sachiko Hidari (left) of Japan, who played the leads in both her country’s entries to the festival — a young housewife in “She and He” and a peasant girl turned prostitute in “The Insect Woman.”

Satyajit Ray won the “Silver Bear” for the best direction for India’s “Mahanagar,” a story of a young woman’s first experience with a job.

In the documentary field, Bert Haanstra of the Netherlands won the “Golden Bear” for “The Human Dutch,” a humorous study of the everyday lives of his countrymen observed through hidden cameras.

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