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Benito Perojo

  • Benito Perojo © EFE

    Benito Perojo © EFE

  

Speciality

Film

 

 

Date of birth

1894

Date of death

1974
  


" Film director and producer. He directed many film adaptations of classic and successful literary works of the time."

He was born in Madrid in 1894. He made his first films alongside his brother José and he appeared as an actor. In 1915 he established the production company Patri Films. He filmed several comical short films with Peladilla as the protagonist, a character who was similar to Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp". After travelling to France to gain further knowledge and direct two films, he returned to Spain in 1922 to continue with his career. In 1930 he was hired by Paramount to make several European versions of popular American films, and later on he tried to work for Fox in the United States. Because of the Civil War he was forced to go to Germany, Italy and Argentina to continue working. Some of his films are "Malvaloca", "Fair of the Dove", "El barbero de Sevilla", "Marianela" and "Sangre en Castilla", his last film. He died in Madrid in 1974.

Essential works

  • Film - Generic image

    Wine Cellars (direction, script)

    Adaptation of the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, about social injustices and class war.

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  • El negro que tenía el alma blanca. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    El negro que tenía el alma blanca (direction, script)

    Singer Concha Piquer began her film career with this silent film, based on a best selling novel of the period.  
     

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Other highlighted works

  • Malvaloca
  • Sangre en Castilla
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