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Person - Alazraki, Benito (1921-2007)

Alazraki, Benito (1921-2007)




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Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Ciudad de México (México)  1921-10-27 - Ciudad de México (México)  2007-06-06


Benito Alazraki was a Mexican scriptwriter, writer, producer and film and television director.

He spent his childhood and adolescence in Paris. When he returned to Mexico, he was in contact with many Spanish intellectuals like León Felipe, Manuel Altolaguirre or Manolo Fontanals. He studied in the Faculty of Law and Arts of the National University of Mexico (UNAM). In 1943, his poetry book "La voluntad de la tierra" won the second prize in the National Literary Award.

He began producing and being co-author of the "Enamorada" (1946) script, which won nein Arieles. He directed "Roots" (1954), his first movie, which won the International Federation of Film Critics in Cannes. Since 1956, he made several movies as member of the Union of Cinema Production Workers, like "Lovers" (1956), "Café Colón" (1959), "La tijera de oro" (1960), "El toro negro" (1960) and "Balún Canán" (1977).

He moved to Spain and, between 1962 and 1971, worked on the Spanish Television as producer, director and writer. His novel "Ebro y Hebrón" was one of the finalists of Alfaguara award in 1971. He returned to Mexico in 1972, where he worked as art director in Canal 13. In 1976, he worked as assistant manager of the Televisión Rural de la Dirección General de Radio, Televisión y Cinematografía (RTC), and as general manager of the national production company Conacine since 1978 to 1982. Since 1980 to 1987, he worked with advertising and, in 1978, resumed his career as film director with the movie "Alicia en el país del dólar" (1988), "El rey de los taxistas" (1989) and "Arriba el telón" (1989). There are unpublished scripts like "A volar pelícanos" (1978), "Pachuchos y muy machos, ¿o no?" (1983), "Fatman y Tacoman" (1989), "La señora Robinson Crusoe" (1990) and "500 años" (1993) in the SOGEM (Sociedad General de Escritores de México).




Lugar de Nacimiento:

Ciudad de México (México) in 1921-10-27

Lugar de Defunción:

Ciudad de México (México) in 2007-06-06

Related Authorities

Altolaguirre, Manuel (1905-1959)  ( He/She is friend with )

Associative relations :

León Felipe (1884-1968)  ( He/She is friend with )

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Fichero de Autoridades:

Biblioteca Nacional de España


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