Carlos Durán

Active - 1971 - 1999  |   Born - Dec 14, 1935   |   Died - Nov 11, 1988   |   Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Adventure, Science Fiction, Comedy, Crime

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Spanish filmmaker Carlos Durán made his feature-film debut in 1961 with La Plage/The Beach and went on to become a key figure in the "Barcelona School" of cinema. A native of Barcelona, Durán launched his professional career as an assistant director under such established filmmakers as Pierre Gaspard-Huit, Jaime Camino, and Vicente Arandfa following his graduation from France's prestigious Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques. Durán's first Spanish feature was Liberxina 90 (1970), a documentary biography of Valencian singer Raimon, who during the '60s was a popular figure among resistors of Franco's regime; it was censored and barred from release. Following Franco's death, Durán became the manager of Lolafilms and accepted a commission from the Catalan Government to make a series of institutional documentaries.

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