Santiago Álvarez


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Birth Name: Santiago Álvarez
Born: 03/18/1919
Birth Place: Cuba
Death Place: Cuba
Died: 05/20/1998

With no formal training as a filmmaker, Alvarez made his first documentaries at the age of 40, in the wake of the Revolution. He was a founding member of ICAIC, the Cuban film institute established in 1959.

Though he has directed one fiction feature and headed ICAIC's Latin American Newsreel division, Alvarez's reputation is as a brilliant and innovative documentary filmmaker. His highly partisan political themes, such as anti-imperialism and support for Fidel Castro and the Revolution, are expressed in an eclectic style that draws on creative improvisation. In his famous anti-imperialist satire, "LBJ" (1968), and other documentary shorts produced in the 1960s, the filmmaker employed a "ne... Continue Bio >>


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