The Catalan film director Jordi Grau has died today in Madrid at 88 years of age, according to Efe sources of the family of this key filmmaker, who made films of authorship, terror and flirted with the destape in the 70s.
Jordi Grau, versatile and risky, worked more intensely in the 60s and 70s and also during the Transition. Friend of Fellini, was director of "La Trastienda "(1975), which included for the first time in Spain the first integral nude starring María José Cantudo. But he was also the author of horror films like "Bloody ceremony" and especially "Do not desecrate the dream of living monsters" (1974), considered an icon of horror films in the international arena. "It's funny that being an auteur film director, my father will be known internationally for horror movies "explains Carlos Grau, filmmaker also and university professor, to Efe.
Grau began his first contact with the cinema in 1949, when working as an extra in a movie. Later he leaned into the world of painting and exhibited his paintings on several occasions, between 1952 and 1956. He began to collaborate in various films, in some as an actor as it happened in "The green frog" (1956) by José María Forn ( 1956), and in others already as an assistant director. In 1956 he went to Italy with a scholarship to perform film studios at the Centro Sperimentale della Cinematografía in Rome, where he was assistant of several filmmakers of the country, among them Antonioni. In 1957. Grau makes his first short film "The gift of the sea" and later he directed "Costa Brava 59" (1959); "On Madrid" (1960); "Half a century in a brush" (1960); "Barcelona, old friend" (1961); "Ocharcoaga" (1961); "Niños" (1961) and "Laredo, costa de esmeralda" (1961).
In Spain he started his activities as a director in Barcelona with his film "Summer Night" (1962), of which he was co-scriptwriter. His second film was "El esponáneo" (1963), which represented Spanish cinema at the Karlovy Vary Festival. Also another movie of yours, "Acteon" (1965), represented Spain at the Moscow Festival in 1965. He won the City of Barcelona Award with his film "A love story" (1966). After filming in 1983 "Game Reserve", in March of 1984 the Californian university of Berkeley dedicated a cycle to him . In January of 1990, his film "La puñalada" was presented about a rural drama of the 19th century, in which José Vivó and Christian Vadim intervened. Grau also worked in television, in works such as "Boris Godunov", "The Prado Museum" (1966); "Benito Pérez Galdós" (1968) for the space "Biography"; "The contestatarios" (1971); "A bullfighter, a day" (1971) or "From white to black" (1971).
Jordi Grau, who made all the scripts of his films, also devoted himself to literature. Highlights his essay: "The actor and the cinema", (1962), several plays like "Ella", "La sal", "Navídico Pirulí" or "La piel de la nuez". Also a book about Fellini and his latest work a volume of memories: "Confidences of a discontinued director" (2014) in Calamar Ediciones.