Luis Garcia Berlanga

Director, Screenwriter, Critic
Along with Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis Garcia Berlanga emerged as the only significant figure in domestic Spanish film production of the 1950s. He first achieved international acclaim as the director of "Welcome Mr ... Read more »
Born: 07/11/1921 in Valencia, ES

Filmography

other (25)

Paris-Tombuctu 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paris-Tombuctu 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Welcome Mr. Marshall 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Welcome Mr. Marshall 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Todos a la carcel 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Todos a la carcel 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Moros y Cristianos 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moros y Cristianos 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

La Vaquilla 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Vaquilla 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Nacional III 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nacional III 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Patrimonio Nacional 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Patrimonio Nacional 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

La Escopeta Nacional 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Escopeta Nacional 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Grandeur Nature 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grandeur Nature 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Not On Your Life 1962 (Movie)

(From Story)

Not On Your Life 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Not On Your Life 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Placido 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Placido 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Calabuch 1955 (Movie)

(From Story)

Calabuch 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Along with Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis Garcia Berlanga emerged as the only significant figure in domestic Spanish film production of the 1950s. He first achieved international acclaim as the director of "Welcome Mr. Marshall" (1952), a comedy about the reaction of a small Spanish village to the Marshall Plan, which lifted Spanish cinema out of a fifteen-year doldrum. He earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film for 1961's "Placido", about an impoverished truck driver, and received the International Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival for "Not On Your Life" (1963), which dealt with a former undertaker's assistant who has second thoughts when he succeeds his father-in-law as the town's executioner. Berlanga's biggest commercial success came with "The National Shotgun" (1978), the first in a trilogy of films about the farcical effects of the post-Franco democracy on an aristocratic family. He also won attention with "Open Day in Jail/Todos a la Carcel" (1993), wherein an ambitious promoter proposes a tribute to political prisoners.

EDUCATION

Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematograficas

Madrid
met future collaborator Juan Antonio Bardem

Valencia University

Valencia

Milestones

1952

Feature solo directing debut (also co-writer), "Bienvenido Mr Marshall/Welcome, Mr Marshall!"

1951

Feature film co-writing and co-directing debut (with Juan Antonio Bardem), "Esa pareja feliz"

1949

Short film co-writing and co-directing debut (with Juan Antonio Bardem), "Paseo sobre una guerra antigua" (used in Luis Escobar's feature "La honradez de la cerradura")

1949

Short film solo directing debut, "Tres Cantos"

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