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The death of Elias Querejeta, “producer of producers” according to the leading lights of Spanish cinema, did not cause a Gandolfini-size wake in the world of film. But film lovers should note the accomplishments of a man who, as much as anyone, moved his country’s cinema into a post-Franco landscape –a state-of-the-cinema where the likes of Pedro Almodovar are even imaginable. A pivotal figure in the movement that would eventually become known as the New Spanish Cinema, Querejeta produced the essential films of Carlos Saura and Victor Erice (including Erice’s beloved masterpiece, “The Spirit of the Beehive,” a “Pan’s Labyrinth” without monsters), and worked with Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, Ricardo Franco, Eloy de la Iglesia, and many other of his nation’s most challenging films and filmmakers. While filmmakers still had to be cautious in the waning days of Francisco Franco (still dead), what was important about Querejeta »
- John Anderson
Madrid – Elias Querejeta, the producer of many of the greatest modern classics made by Spain’s most distinguished directors under and after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, died Sunday at his Madrid home. He was 78.
Querejeta was born in 1934 into a well-heeled family, living in the Basque Country’s Hernani, a small town a half-hour train ride from San Sebastian.
As a child he ran wild. In adulthood, during long lunches, swilled down by whisky or, in later years, Marques de Riscal Sauvignon white, he would still remember the escapades of his childhood.
Franco’s bloody, cruel dictatorship, imposed on Spain from 1939 through a Civil War, blighted Querejeta’s youth and ran completely contrary to his liberal upbringing and temperament.
A First Division professional soccer player for San Sebastian’s Real Sociedad – no long lunch with Querejeta was complete with his fond remembrance of the goal he scored »
- John Hopewell
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