March 9, 2021

Roberto Bodegas, director of "Matar al Nani" dies

The one who was the founder of the cinematographic current known as "Third Way" of Spanish cinema along with José Luis Dibildos, Roberto Bodegas, has died at the age of 86 according to Europa Press. In the early sixties this Madrid filmmaker moved to Paris to soak up the talent of directors such as Jean Valérie, Christien Jacques or Fred Zimmerman and it will not be until the 70s when he began his film career with "Spaniards in Paris", work in which actors such as José Sacristán, Máximo Valverde, Tina Sainz or a very young Ana Belén shared a screen -in their second film after "Zampo and I" -.

The film showed in a brave and risky way the difficulties that Spanish women had to deal with when emigrating to France in the 60s. Subsequently, other titles such as "Healthy Marital Life" (1974), also with Ana Belén and José Sacristán, where following the line of social problems dealt with divorce in Spain, or "Provisional Freedom" (1976), with Concha Velasco and Patxi Andión addressing the social reintegration of prisoners.

"The new Spaniards" (1974), with José Sacristán or Amparo Soler and in which the arrival of multinational capitalism or "Killing the Nani" (1988), about police corruption, are some of the titles that complete His filmography. From the 90s, Bodegas made the leap to the small screen highlighting some of his latest works, already in 2008, leading the miniseries on the crime of "Phage" or the television tape "20-N: The last days of Franco", with Manuel Alexandre in the role of the dictator.

Using ethical coherence and moral rectitude that he tried to maintain throughout his professional career, in 1984 he starred in a resounding resignation as a member of the General Directorate of Cinematography commission after stating that the granting of financial aid for his film "La gaznápira" could not fall on a commission to which he himself belonged.

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