Rafael Azcona


Rafael Azcona

Rafael Azcona (October 24, 1926 – March 24, 2008) was an awarded Spanish screenwriter and novelist who has worked with some of the best Spanish and international filmmakers. Azcona won five Goya Awards during his career, including a lifetime achievement award in 1998.

He was born in the northern Spanish city Logroño on October 24, 1926. cite news |first=|last=|title=Rafael Azcona, Spanish Writer, Dies at 81 |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/04/books/04azcona.html|work= Associated Press |publisher=New York Times |date=2008-04-04 |accessdate=2008-04-06] Azcona initially began his career writing for humor magazines. He became known as a scriptwriter when he wrote the script for the film, "El Pisito" ("The Little Apartment"), which was based on his own novel. The 1959 film was directed by Italian film director, Marco Ferreri.

Azcona teamed up with director Fernando Trueba in “Belle Époque,” which won an Academy Award for best foreign film in 1994. He collaborated with other Spanish directors including Luis Berlanga and Carlos Saura. Azcona was also awarded the Spanish Fine Arts Gold Medal in 1994.

Rafael Azcona died at his home in Madrid, Spain, on March 23, 2008, at the age of 81. He was survived by his wife, Susi.

Selected Filmography as Screenwriter

* 1959 : "El pisito"
* 1960 : "El cochecito"
* 1959 : "Se vende un tranvía"
* 1961 : "Plácido (film)"
* 1961 : "El Secreto de los hombres azules"
* 1962 : "Mafioso (1962 film)"
* 1962 : "Les Quatre vérités"
* 1963 : "La Donna scimmia"
* 1963 : "L'Ape regina"
* 1963 : "El Verdugo"
* 1964 : "Un Rincón para querernos"
* 1964 : "Controsesso"
* 1965 : "L'Uomo dei cinque palloni"
* 1965 : "Oggi, domani, dopodomani"
* 1965 : "Marcia nuziale"
* 1965 : "Una Moglie americana"
* 1966 : "L'Estate"
* 1967 : "Tuset Street"
* 1967 : "Peppermint Frappé"
* 1967 : "Las Pirañas"
* 1969 : "La Madriguera"
* 1970 : "¡Vivan los novios!"
* 1970 : "Las Secretas intenciones"
* 1970 : "El Monumento"
* 1970 : "El jardín de las delicias"
* 1971 : "El Ojo del huracán"
* 1971 : "Un Omicidio perfetto a termine di legge"
* 1972 : "La Cera virgen"
* 1972 : "Si può fare... amigo"
* 1972 : "Una Ragione per vivere e una per morire"
* 1973 : "Tarot"
* 1973 : "Ana y los lobos"
* 1974 : "La Revolución matrimonial"
* 1974 : "Touche pas à la femme blanche", ("Don't Touch The White Woman!")
* 1974 : "Permettete, signora, che ami vostra figlia"
* 1974 : "La prima Angélica"
* 1974 : "Grandeur nature"
* 1975 : "El Poder del deseo"
* 1975 : "Pim, pam, pum... ¡fuego!"
* 1976 : "El Anacoreta"
* 1976 : "La Dernière femme"
* 1977 : "Mi hija Hildegart"
* 1978 : "Un Hombre llamado Flor de Otoño"
* 1978 : "Ciao maschio"
* 1978 : "La Escopeta nacional"
* 1979 : "La Miel"
* 1979 : "La Familia, bien, gracias"
* 1981 : "Patrimonio nacional"
* 1981 : "127 millones libres de impuestos"
* 1982 : "Bésame, tonta"
* 1982 : "Nacional III"
* 1983 : "Don Quijote (tv)" (TV)
* 1983 : "Los Desastres de la guerra" (TV)
* 1985 : "La vaquilla"
* 1985 : "La corte de Faraón"
* 1986 : "Hay que deshacer la casa"
* 1986 : "El Año de las luces"
* 1987 : "El bosque animado"
* 1987 : "El pecador impecable"
* 1987 : "Moros y cristianos"
* 1988 : "Come sono buoni i bianchi"
* 1988 : "Pasodoble (film)"
* 1988 : "Soldadito español"
* 1989 : "El Vuelo de la paloma"
* 1989 : "Blood and Sand (1989 film)"
* 1990 : "" (TV)
* 1990 : "Ay Carmela (film)"
* 1992 : "Chechu y familia"
* 1992 : "Belle époque (film)"
* 1993 : "Tirano Banderas"
* 1994 : "" (TV)
* 1995 : "Suspiros de España"
* 1995 : "El Rey del río"
* 1995 : "El Seductor"
* 1996 : "Gran Slalom"
* 1997 : "Tranvía a la Malvarrosa"
* 1997 : "En brazos de la mujer madura"
* 1997 : "Siempre hay un camino a la derecha"
* 1998 : "Una Pareja perfecta"
* 1998 : "La niña de tus ojos"
* 1999 : "La lengua de las mariposas"
* 2000 : "Adiós con el corazón"
* 2001 : "El Paraíso ya no es lo que era"
* 2001 : "Son de mar"
* 2002 : "La Marcha verde"
* 2004 : "Franky Banderas"
* 2004 : "María querida"

References

External links

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* [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/rafael-azcona-belle-epoque-screenwriter-801719.html The Telegraph: Rafael Azcona: 'Belle Epoque' screenwriter]
* [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article3738965.ece The Times: Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter who won an Oscar for Belle Epoque]


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