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Jose Luis Sáenz de Heredia

  • Jose Luis Sáenz de Heredia © EFE

    Jose Luis Sáenz de Heredia © EFE






Date of birth

Apr 10, 1911

Date of death

Nov 4, 1992

" He is one of the main film producers from the 1940s and 50s, with films that had a great impact on the public."

He was born in Madrid in 1911, into a well-off family. He began working in filmmaking thanks to his friendship with the photography director Serafín Ballesteros. At the beginning of the Civil War he was arrested and his life was preserved thanks to the intervention of Luis Buñuel. Francisco Franco commissioned him to make a film of his novel, "Raza" (1941). Thanks to this film he produced other successful films: "El escándalo" (1943) and "El destino se disculpa" (1944). The 1950s are dominated by comedy, for example, "Historias de la radio" (1955). The 1960s are the beginning of his creative decline, which fell completely in the 1970s. He died on 4 November 1992 in Madrid.

Essential works

  • Radio Stories © EFE

    Radio Stories (direction, script)

    A charming film about the phenomenon of radio contests in Spain in the 1950s.

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  • Poster. Race ©EFE

    Race (direction, script)

    From a historical point of view, this film, based on a novel by General Franco, is a valuable document which expresses his ideology.

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