The Catalan film director Jordi Grau He died today in Madrid at the age of 88, according to sources of the filmmaker's family who made films of authorship, horror and flirted with the unveiling in the seventies.
Jordi Grau (Barcelona, 1930) versatile and risky, worked more intensely in the sixties and seventies and also during the transition. Friend of Fellini, was director of Backroom (1975) that included for the first time in Spain an integral nude starring María José Cantudo.
Grau was the author of horror films such as Bloody ceremony Y Do not desecrate the dream of living monsters (1974), considered an icon of horror films in the international arena.
"It's funny that being a film director of an author, my father will be known internationally for horror films", explained Carlos Grau, also a filmmaker and university professor.
Grau began his first contact with film in 1949, working as an extra in a film. Later he leaned into the world of painting and exhibited his paintings several times between 1952 and 1956. Later he began to collaborate in various films, in some as an actor as it happened in The green frog (1956), by José María Forn, and in others as assistant director.
In 1956 he went to Italy with a scholarship to study film at the Centro Sperimentale della Cinematografía in Rome, where he was assistant to several Italian filmmakers, including Antonioni. In 1957 Grau made his first short film, The gift of the sea, and later he directed Costa Brava 59 (1959); About Madrid (1960); Half a century in a brush (1960); Barcelona, old friend (1961); Ocharcoaga (1961), Children (1961) and Laredo, emerald coast (1961).
In Spain he began his activities as director in Barcelona with your movie Summer night (1962), of which he was a co-writer. His second tape, entitled The spontaneous (1963), represented the 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 A love story (1966). And among his filmography include: Tuset Street, that finalized and signed Luis Marquina, by disagreements with the producer; Dinner (1968); Story of a lonely girl (1969), Club girls / Canticle (1970); Bloody ceremony (1972) and Death penalty (1973).
In addition to the aforementioned Do not desecrate the dream of the dead (1974), Backroom (1975), The unspeakable secret of a good boy (1975), The NAP (1976), Mrs. Messalina (1977), Love letters from a nun (1978) and The legend of the drum (1981).
After shooting in 1983 HuntingIn March of 1984 the Californian University of Berkeley dedicated a cycle to him. In January 1990 his film was presented The stab on a rural drama of the 19th century, in which José Vivó and Christian Vadim intervened.
Jordi Grau, who wrote all the scripts of his films, also devoted himself to literature. Highlight your essay The actor and the cinema and several plays like She, The salt, Navídico Pirulí or The shell of the nut. He also published a book about Fellini and his latest work, a volume of memories, is titled Confidences of a discontinued director (2014).