Santiago Álvarez

Director
As a young man, Santiago Alvarez studied in the USA and worked there at menial jobs. After his return to Cuba in the mid-1940s, he worked as a music archivist in a TV station and participated in the activities of the ... Read more »
Born: 03/17/1919 in Cuba

Filmography

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Gracias, Santiago 1983 (Movie)

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Biografia de un carnaval 1982 (Movie)

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Los Refugiados de la cueva del muerto 1982 (Movie)

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Los Refugiados de la cueva del muerto 1982 (Movie)

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A Galope sobre la historia 1981 (Movie)

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Nova sinfonia 1981 (Movie)

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Operacion Abril del Caribe 1981 (Movie)

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26 es También 19 1980 (Movie)

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Comenzo a retumbar el Momotombo 1980 (Movie)

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La Importancia universal del hueco 1980 (Movie)

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Tiempo libre a La Roca 1980 (Movie)

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La Guerra necessaria 1979 (Movie)

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El Gran salto al vacio 1978 (Movie)

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Tengo fe en ti 1978 (Movie)

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Y la noche se hizo arcoiris 1977 (Movie)

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El Octubre de todos 1976 (Movie)

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Mi Hermano Fidel 1976 (Movie)

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El Sol no se puede tapar con un dedo 1975 (Movie)

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El Tiempo es el viento 1975 (Movie)

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Los Dragones de Ha-Long 1975 (Movie)

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Luanda ya no es de San Pablo 1975 (Movie)

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Maputo: Meridiano novo 1975 (Movie)

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Morir por la patria es vivir 1975 (Movie)

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Abril de Vietnam en al ano del gato 1974 (Movie)

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El Primer Delgado 1974 (Movie)

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Los Cuatro puentes 1973 (Movie)

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Y el cielo fue tomado por asalto 1972 (Movie)

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De American so hijo... y a ella me debo 1971 (Movie)

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El Pajaro del faro 1970 (Movie)

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La Estampida 1970 (Movie)

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El Sueno del Pongo 1969 (Movie)

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Once por cero 1969 (Movie)

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Piedra sobre piedra 1969 (Movie)

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79 primaveras 1968 (Movie)

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Biography

As a young man, Santiago Alvarez studied in the USA and worked there at menial jobs. After his return to Cuba in the mid-1940s, he worked as a music archivist in a TV station and participated in the activities of the Cuban communist party and "Nuestro Tiempo," a political-cultural society.

With no formal training as a filmmaker, Alvarez made his first documentaries at the age of 40, in the wake of the Revolution. He was a founding member of ICAIC, the Cuban film institute established in 1959.

Though he has directed one fiction feature and headed ICAIC's Latin American Newsreel division, Alvarez's reputation is as a brilliant and innovative documentary filmmaker. His highly partisan political themes, such as anti-imperialism and support for Fidel Castro and the Revolution, are expressed in an eclectic style that draws on creative improvisation. In his famous anti-imperialist satire, "LBJ" (1968), and other documentary shorts produced in the 1960s, the filmmaker employed a "nervous montage" approach that stressed a skillful use of sound and creative editing techniques to tie together a fast-paced collage of disparate "found" materials such as cartoons, still photos, and clips from Hollywood movies.

Among the best known of Alvarez's documentary features are "79 primaveras" (1969), a poetic tribute to Ho Chi Minh; and "De America soy hijo...y a ella me debo" (1972) and "Y el cielo fue tomado por asalto" (1973), which both chronicle Castro's international tours.

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York

University of Havana

dropped out to go to the USA

Jefferson School

school run by the US Communist Party

Milestones

1961

Co-directed first documentary, "Escambray; Muerte al invasor"

1959

Co-founded (with Tomas Gutierrez Alea) and made newsreel department head of the Instituto Cubano del Arte y Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC)

1941

Returned to Cuba after speending several years studying in the USA; joined Communist party (date approximate)

1934

Left high school (date approximate)

1933

Radio broadcaster

Co-founded Nuestro Tiempo ;film society in Havana in the 1950s

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