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Juan de Orduña

  • Juan de Orduña © EFE

    Juan de Orduña © EFE






Date of birth

Dec 27, 1900

Date of death


"  Film director, screenwriter, actor and producer. His productions typically exalt patriotic values."

Juan de Orduña y Fernández-Shaw was born in Madrid, en 1900. He began his career as an actor in the Emilio Thuiller company. He became a popular heartthrob thanks to the film "Boy" (1926). He made his debut as a director with "Una aventura de cine" (1927). Over the years he leant towards comedy and "Locura de amor" (1948) was his first hit. But the film that established him was "El último cuplé" (1957), which brought Sara Montiel stardom. Other films to be highlighted are: "A mi la Legión" (1942); "Pequeñeces" (1950); "Agustina de Aragón" (1950) and "Nobleza baturra" (1965). During his last years as a director he filmed zarzuelas such as "La revoltosa" (1969), very fashionable at the time. He died on 3 February 1974.

Essential works

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    College Boarding House (interpretation)

    The film stood out in its time for its effective plot, staging and production.

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  • Love Crazy © EFE

    Love Crazy (direction)

    This is one of the best examples of the work of the film-maker, Juan de Orduña, with a script based on the work by Manuel Tamayo y Baus.

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  • El misterio de la Puerta del Sol. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    El misterio de la Puerta del Sol (interpretation)

    This is considered to be the first Spanish film with sound. Songs, dances and ambient sound were introduced into the story.  

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  • Rustic Chivalry. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    Rustic Chivalry (interpretation)

    Outstanding customs comedy, very popular in the 1930s.

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Other highlighted works

  • El último cuplé
  • A mí la Legión
  • Pequeñeces
  • El padre Pitillo

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