Spanish Director Luis Garcia Berlanga Dies
by Olivia Elson on Monday, November 15, 2010
On Saturday, the Spanish Film Academy announced the death of director Luis Garcia Berlanga, who died at his home in Pozuelo, a suburb on the outskirts of Madrid.
Aged 89 and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease when he passed away, Berlanga was declared one of the greatest film-makers of Spanish culture by Prime Minister Zapatero in a tribute on Sunday.
Among his most famous works was ‘Bienvenido, Mr Marshall!’ a satirical comedy released in 1952. He was also well-known for Academy Award-nominated ‘Placido’, a hit foreign language film, while ‘El Verdugo’ (The Executioner) was also critically acclaimed. Berlanga’s achievements include three nominations for the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Honorary president and co-founder of the Spanish Film Academy, he is celebrated as one of the most important film-makers of all time, and his death is considered a huge loss not only for Spanish cinema, but also for the country’s culture as a whole.
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