Alcoriza, Luis (1920–1992)

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Alcoriza, Luis (1920–1992)

Luis Alcoriza (b. 1920; d. 1992), Mexican film director. Born in Badajoz, Spain, into a theatrical family, Alcoriza performed in various plays as a child. After the fall of the Spanish Republic in 1939, the Alcoriza family immigrated to Mexico, where Luis continued his acting career in films in the 1940s. He also worked as a screenwriter for director Luis Buñuel on the acclaimed films El gran calavera (1949), Los olvidados (1950), El bruto (1952), and El ángel exterminador (1962). He made his directorial debut in 1960 with the film Los jóvenes. Throughout the 1960s, Alcoriza directed a number of noted pictures, which constitute the most important film productions of the era: they include Tlayucan (1961), Tiburoneros (1962), La puerta (1968), and Mecánica nacional (1971), for which he received the Mexican film academy award, the Ariel, for best director. Other Alcoriza films include Las fuerzas vivas (1979) and Lo que importa es vivir (1987).

See alsoBuñuel, Luis .

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Luis Reyes De La Maza, El cine sonoro en México (1973).

E. Bradford Burns, Latin American Cinema: Film and History (1975).

Carl J. Mora, Mexican Cinema: Reflections of a Society: 1896–1980 (1982).

John King, Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America (1990).

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