Carlos Saura

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A child of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, writer-director Carlos Saura flowered during the waning years of Franco's dictatorship, dodging the aging regime's censorship by leading his films into allegory ... Read more »
Born: 01/04/1932 in Huesca, Aragon, ES

Filmography

Director (37)

Argentina 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

J: Beyond Flamenco 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Flamenco, Flamenco 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Fados 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Io, Don Giovanni 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Iberia 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The 7th Day 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Salome 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Bunuel, King Solomon 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Goya in Bordeaux 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Tango 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Flamenco 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Pajarico 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Outrage 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Taxi 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Marathon 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Sevillanas 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Ay, Carmela! 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

El Sur 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

La Noche Oscura 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

El Dorado 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Mama Turns 100 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

El Amor Brujo 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Carmen 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Los Zancos 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Antonieta 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Hours 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Bodas de Sangre 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Deprisa, Deprisa 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Los Ojos Vendados 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Cria! 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Elisa, Vida Mia 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Ana Y Los Lobos 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Prima Angelica. La 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

El Jardin de las Delicias 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Peppermint Frappé 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hunt 1965 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (30)

Argentina 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

J: Beyond Flamenco 2016 (Movie)

(Writer)

Flamenco, Flamenco 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fados 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Io, Don Giovanni 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Iberia 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Salome 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bunuel, King Solomon 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Goya in Bordeaux 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tango 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Flamenco 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pajarico 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Outrage 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sevillanas 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ay, Carmela! 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Sur 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Noche Oscura 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Dorado 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mama Turns 100 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Amor Brujo 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Carmen 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Los Zancos 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Antonieta 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Los Ojos Vendados 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cria! 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elisa, Vida Mia 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ana Y Los Lobos 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Jardin de las Delicias 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Peppermint Frappé 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hunt 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Art Department (3)

J: Beyond Flamenco 2016 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Fados 2009 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Iberia 2004 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Producer (1)

Salome 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

Carmen 1983 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

A child of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, writer-director Carlos Saura flowered during the waning years of Franco's dictatorship, dodging the aging regime's censorship by leading his films into allegory, dreams and symbolism. His features exploring fascism's repressive effects on society became portraits of Spain in a dark mirror, poignantly expressing the country's uneasy relationship with its past. While Franco lived, the filmmaker felt compelled to speak against tyranny, but the Generalissimo's death in 1975 freed Saura to speak for himself. Although he has done fine work since, many disappointed by his unwillingness to address political themes in the post-Franco era believe his best films are behind him, that the Franco years encouraged his creative personality like freedom could not. After making pictures for more than 40 years, he has retained a trademark of highly unorthodox but unfailing routine: he begins at the beginning and shoots chronologically. "I write the end at the start, but then, when I get to it, I always change it according to how I feel."

Relationships

Geraldine Chaplin Actor

Companion
daughter of Charlie Chaplin granddaughter of Eugene O'Neill in a number of films by Saura had one son together

Adela Medrano

Wife
mother of Saura's two older sons

Carlos Medrano

Son
born c. 1958 mother, Adele Medrano served as assistant director for father's "El Amor Brujo" (1986)

Antonio Pacheco

Father

Antonio Saura

Son
born c. 1960 mother, Adele Medrano has worked on father's films serves as director of the Media Business School in Madrid

Shane Saura

Son
mother, Geraldine Chaplin

Antonio Saura

Brother

Fermina Torrente

Mother

EDUCATION

attended prep school run by Augustinian Friars in Getafe, near Madrid

Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematograficas

Madrid 1952 - 1957
graduation film, "Sunday Afternoon" (1957); school later renamed Escuela Oficial de Cinematografia

attended secular high school in Madrid

Milestones

1999

Directed "Goya in Bordeaux", a biopic of the renowned Spanish painter; fourth collaboration with Storaro; premiered at the Montreal Film Festival

1998

Revisited the dance musical with "Tango"; third collaboration with Storaro; received Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Film

1996

Reteamed with Storaro for "Taxi"

1995

Returned triumpantly to dance with "Flamenco"; first collaboration with director of photography Vittorio Storaro; last collaboration to date with editor del Amo

1993

Stumbled with "Dispara!/Shoot!", starring Antonio Banderas

1990

Helmed the dramatic musical "Ay, Carmela", about vaudvillians who entertain partisans during the Spanish Civil War and find themselves trapped behind enemy lines

1988

Directed "El Dorado", a lavish historical epic based on the life of Conquistador Pedro de Ursuo

1986

Completed dance trilogy with "El Amor Brujo/Love the Magician", adapted from Manuel de Falla's 1915 ballet; also choreographed by Gades

1983

Reteamed with Gades to create a ballet/film adaptation of "Carmen"; tried to reassert the story's Spanish origins by adapting it as a flamenco ballet; recieved a Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award nomination

1981

Returned to the subject and style of early work with "Deprisa, Deprisa/Hurry, Hurry"

1981

Collaborated with renowned choreographer Antonio Gades to film ballet adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's "Blood Wedding"

1979

Used virtually the same cast from "Anna and the Wolves" for the black comedy update "Mama Turns One Hundred"; resurrected Chaplin's character who had died in the original film; last film with Chaplin

1977

Helmed "Elisa, Vida Mia", starring Fernando Rey and Chaplin as father and daughter

1976

First solo screenwriting credit, "Cria!/Raise Ravens"; also produced; film won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes

1974

"Cousin Angelica" was the first film made in Spain from the viewpoint of the losing side of that country's civil war; won a Jury Prize at Cannes; released in USA in 1977

1972

"Anna and the Wolves" initially banned for its "morbid" treatment of religion and sex; expressed the director's fervent view that repressed sexuality could lead to abnormal and destructive behavior

1969

Criticism of the Franco regime became more overt in "The Garden of Delights", a blackly humorous story about a man who forgets the number of his Swiss bank account after an accident, and whose desperate family reenact the guilty past in an unsuccessful at

1968

First film directing Geraldine Chaplin, "Pepperment Frappe"

1966

Initial collaboration with producer Elias Querejeta, "La Caza/The Hunt"; first Spanish film to reach the New York Film Festival

1964

After being forced to compromise second feature, "Lament for a Bandit", decided he would make only films for which he could have total responsibility

1960

Feature directorial debut, "Los Golfos/The Urchins/The Hooligans/Riff-Raff"; first Spanish feature to be shot entirely on location

1958

Helmed color documentary "Cuenca"; also produced and served as cinematographer; first collaboration with editor Pablo G del Amo

1957

Taught direction at Escuela Oficial de Cinematografia

1956

Directed nine-minute documentary, "El Pequeno rio Manzanares"

1955

Made first short student film, "Antonio Saura"

1951

Had first one-man show in Madrid

1935

Family moved to Madrid and lived there throughout the Spanish Civil War

Left engineering school and began career at age 18 as a roving freelance photographer specializing in music and dance subjects; earned living this way for three years (c. 1950-1953)

Bonus Trivia

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Saura has directed operas in Stuttgart and Spoleto.

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