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Juan Antonio Bardem

  • Juan Antonio Bardem © Bernardo Díaz / EL MUNDO

    Juan Antonio Bardem © Bernardo Díaz / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Jun 2, 1922

Date of death

Oct 30, 2002

" Director and screenwriter. He is an important figure of reference for Spanish cinema."

He was born in Madrid in 1932, and studied at the Institute for Film Research and Experiences in Madrid. He began his career with Luis García Berlanga, co-directing "That Happy Couple", and later on participated in the screenplay for "Welcome, Mr. Marshall!". His first solo film was "Cómicos". He was given the Fipresci Award at Cannes Film Festival in 1955 for his feature film "Death of a Cyclist". Back then he also took part in the "Conversaciones de Salamanca", a gathering for professionals who wanted to broaden the creative and industrial horizons of Spanish filmmaking. Some of his most recognised films after Franco died are "Foul Play" and "Seven Days in January". He died in Madrid on 30 October 2002.


Honorary Goya Award (2002)

Essential works

  • Welcome Mr. Marshall © EFE

    Welcome Mr. Marshall! (script)

    Under the guise of a comedy of manners, this great box office success is really a work of social criticism. Its main song and many of its phases have gained mythical status in Spanish cinema.

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  • Death of a Cyclist. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    Death of a Cyclist (direction, script)

    One of the masterpieces by the director Juan Antonio Bardem. The story, full of symbolisms, bitterly criticises classism during that time in history.

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Other highlighted works

  • That Happy Couple
  • Foul Play
  • Seven Days in January
  • Resultado final
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