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Ricardo Franco (Madrid, May 24, 1949 – Madrid, May 20, 1998) was a Spanish director, screenwriter, actor and producer, cousin of writer Javier Marías and nephew of the film director Jesús Franco and the philosopher Julián Marías.
Pertaining to the School of Argüelles, it realized under the influence of this group its first short one, Gospel (1969), selected for the festival of cinema of New Delhi. Writer of his own films (and of some others), had problems with censorship and some of his works, such as El desastre de Annual, were banned.
He obtained a certain renown with Pascual Duarte, based on the novel by Camilo José Cela, produced and commissioned by Elías Querejeta. This film won him the best actor award at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for José Luis Gómez and won the best Cinematographic Writers Circle photography award in the same year.
In the mid-eighties he settled in the United States, where, from his various projects, he only managed to make a feature film, Wet Gringo, with the actor Sam Bottoms and the Mexican Rebecca Jones.
During the decade of the 90s, already ill, he premiered several films that, in the opinion of many, represent the best of his career. Among them is La buena estrella, which won five Goya awards and two Ondas awards, and was selected for the section Una mirada mirada at the Cannes Film Festival.
In addition, he worked for television in the series La huella del crimen (one of the chapters directed by Franco, “El crimen de las estanqueras de Sevilla”, won the FIPA Silver award at the Cannes Film Festival of 1991), The Woman of Your Life, I, a Woman and Chronicles of Evil, and directed and produced several documentaries about different religions.
Apart from his work as a filmmaker, he published a book of poems, Los restos del naufragio (1979), and wrote a considerable amount of pop lyrics, including several for the Spanish group Tam Tam Go !, as his success Manuel Raquel. He is also the author of the song “Loco de amor”, performed by the Café Quijano group and included in his CD Qué grande es esto del amor!
He died at 49 years of a myocardial infarction, without seeing what would be his posthumous work, Lágrimas negras.
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