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Vicente Aranda is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Espagnol born on 9 november 1926 at Barcelona (Espagne)

Vicente Aranda

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Birth name Vicente Aranda Ezquerra
Nationality Espagne
Birth 9 november 1926 at Barcelona (Espagne)
Death 26 may 2016 (at 89 years) at Madrid (Espagne)

Vicente Aranda Ezquerra ([biˈθente aɾanˈða eθˈkera]; born 9 November 1926), is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer.

Due to his refined and personal style, he is one of the most renowned Spanish filmmakers. He started as a founded member of the Barcelona School of Film and became known for bringing contemporary Spanish novels to life on the big screen. Aranda is famous for exploring difficult social issues and variations on the theme of desire that employs the codes of melodrama.

Love as uncontrollable passion, eroticism and cruelty are constant themes in his filmography. The frank examination of sexuality is one of the trademarks of his work as can be seen in his most internationally successful film: Amantes (1990) (Lovers).

Biography

Vicente Aranda Ezquerra est le fils cadet d'une famille originaire de l'Aragón, arrivée à Barcelone au début du XX siècle. Son enfance fut marquée par la guerre civile espagnole, durant laquelle sa famille prit le parti des républicains. Depuis son plus jeune âge, il accomplit un grand nombre de travaux différents à Barcelone pour gagner sa vie, sans relation avec le cinéma. En 1952, pour des raisons politiques et économiques, il s'installa au Venezuela, où il travailla comme technicien pour une compagnie américaine de commerce maritime, puis comme responsable des programmes d'une importante société en électronique.

Vicente Aranda retourna en Espagne en 1959, à 33 ans, avec la ferme intention de devenir réalisateur de cinéma. Il tenta d'entrer à l'École de cinéma de Madrid, mais en vain, n'ayant jamais étudié au lycée. Il dirigea donc son premier film en auto-didacte, aidé par Roman Gubern. En 1965 sortirent Fata Morgana et Brillante porvenir, marqués par leur esthétique propre à l'École de Barcelone. Puis suivirent des films plus commerciaux, fantastiques et caractérisés par un érotisme quasi-omniprésent : Les cruelles (1969), La novia ensangrentada (1972), Clara es el precio (1974).

Aranda traita de la transidentité dans Cambio de sexo (Changement de sexe, 1977), avant d'entamer un cycle d'adaptations de romans contemporains dans les années 1980. La fille à la culotte d'or (La muchacha de las bragas de oro, 1980) et Si te dicen que cai (1989) sont adaptés des romans de Juan Marsé. Asesinato en el Comité central (1982), tiré du roman de Manuel Vázquez Montalbán est un film policier teinté d'engagement politique. À coups de crosse (Fanny "Pelopaja", 1983), avec Fanny Cottençon et Bruno Cremer, raconte l'histoire sans concession de la vengeance de Fanny, jeune voleuse de banlieue, arrêtée et abusée sexuellement par un inspecteur de police corrompu et pervers.

En 2001, Aranda permet à Pilar López de Ayala d'obtenir un Goya de la Meilleure interprétation féminine pour son rôle dans Juana la Loca.

Vicente Aranda prit pour seconde épouse Teresa Font, monteuse de ses films depuis le milieu des années 1980. Ils ont deux filles.

Victoria Abril apparaît dans une dizaine de films d'Aranda.

Vicente Aranda meurt le 26 mai 2015 à Madrid.

Usually with

José Nieto
José Nieto
(17 films)
Victoria Abril
Victoria Abril
(12 films)
Imanol Arias
Imanol Arias
(5 films)
Jorge Sanz
Jorge Sanz
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Vicente Aranda (30 films)

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Director

Luna caliente, 1h33
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Genres Thriller
Actors Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Eduard Fernández, José Coronado
Rating52% 2.6063852.6063852.6063852.6063852.606385
In the autumn of 1970, Juan, a Spanish poet living in Paris working for UNESCO, returns on vacation to his hometown, Burgos. The city is under heavy police and military surveillance due to the so-called Burgos process, a summary military trial against a group of ETA members and other militants against Francisco Franco’s regime.
Lolita's Club, 1h41
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Genres Drama
Actors Eduardo Noriega, Flora Martínez, Belén Fabra, Héctor Colomé, Ana de Armas, Yohana Cobo
Rating46% 2.3229952.3229952.3229952.3229952.322995
Raúl Fuentes, a brooding police officer prone to violence and alcohol, is placed on unpaid leave after he has beaten Moncho Tristán, the son of a local drug trafficker. Mazuera, a snitch from a drug mafia ring, tells Raúl that members of the drug clan are looking for him to kill him. Mazuera strikes a deal with Raúl. He would give him some documents that prove the involvement of the Tristán family in drug trafficking and prostitution if Raúl reveals the story after he has left the country. Raúl decides to leave the incident on hold and travels from Pontevedra to Alicante where his family lives.
The Maidens' Conspiracy, 2h
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Alternate history films, Films about virginity
Actors Victoria Abril, Leonor Watling, Casper Zafer, Jane Asher, Charlie Cox, Ingrid Rubio
Rating39% 1.974831.974831.974831.974831.97483
In 1401, Tirant lo Blanc, a famous knight, arrives with his small but battle-hardened troops of Almogavars, to the port of Constantinople. The emperor's only son has recently been killed by the Turks and the Byzantine emperor is too old to lead his army in battle. Constantinople is under treat of a Ottoman invasion and therefore it is in desperate need of a skilful military leader. Upon arrival, Tirant is received by the emperor who makes him commander in chief of the Imperial army.
Carmen
Carmen (2003)
, 1h59
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Paz Vega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Jay Benedict, María Botto, Mariví Bilbao, Simon Shepherd
Rating60% 3.0488653.0488653.0488653.0488653.048865
While traveling through Andalusia, Spain in 1830, Prosper Mérimée, a French writer, meets José, a wanted criminal. José ends up condemned to death by garroting. The day before José is going to be executed, Mérimée, who has befriended the bandit, visits him in prison. From his jail cell, José begins to narrate his tragic story to the sympathetic writer.
Mad Love
Mad Love (2001)
, 1h50
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Pilar López de Ayala, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma, Manuela Arcuri, Eloy Azorín, Guillermo Toledo
Rating65% 3.2968053.2968053.2968053.2968053.296805
Tordesillas, 1554. Seventy four years old, Queen Joanna of Castile, called Juana La Loca (Joanna the Madwoman), is still mourning the loss of her husband who died a half century before. Joanna remembers with emotion the man she loved passionately, but who brought her ruin. She does not fear death, she says, because death would allow her to be reunited with her husband. Their story goes back almost 60 years.
Jealousy
Jealousy (1999)
, 1h45
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Genres Drama
Actors Daniel Giménez Cacho, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, María Botto, Luis Tosar
Rating61% 3.099123.099123.099123.099123.09912
Carmen and Antonio are a young couple in love, planning their upcoming wedding. Carmen works in an orange processing factory and Antonio is a long-distance truck driver for the same firm. While driving his truck on a stormy day, Antonio comes across an old picture of a group of people, among whom is Carmen looking friendly with a good-looking young man, who has his arm around her shoulder.
The Naked Eye, 1h44
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Genres Drama
Actors Laura Morante, José Coronado, Ana Obregón, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Miguel Bosé, Sancho Gracia
Rating48% 2.428042.428042.428042.428042.42804
Begoña is a thirty something consultant who has rebelled against her upper-middle-class background and has overdone it with sex ever since her youth. On recommendation of her psychoanalyst she keeps a video diary of her encounters using a palm-sized video gadget called "The Owl".
Freedomfighters, 2h2
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Films about anarchism, Politique, Documentary films about politics, Documentary films about anarchism, Political films
Actors Ana Belén, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil, Miguel Bosé, Jorge Sanz, José Sancho or Pepe Sancho
Rating70% 3.54283.54283.54283.54283.5428
The movie is set in 1936 in Barcelona in the midst of the Spanish Revolution and Spanish Civil War. Militia women Pilar (Ana Belen) and Floren (Victoria Abril) are joined by former prostitute Charo (Loles Leon) and former nun Maria (Ariadna Gil). The film opens with scenes of working class militants demolishing and burning religious icons, as they shout "down with Capitalism!" and "long live the libertarian revolution!"
Turkish Passion, 1h53
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Genres Drama, Erotic
Actors Ana Belén, Georges Corraface, Silvia Munt, Loles León, Sílvia Munt, Laura Mañá
Rating57% 2.8547352.8547352.8547352.8547352.854735
Desideria Oliván, a well to do woman from Ávila, Spain, is getting married to Ramiro, a handsome young man from a solid background and promising future. The couple settle into a placid comfortable life. Ramiro is an attentive but not very passionate husband and after five years of marriage, they begin to worry that they still do not have children.
The Bilingual Lover, 1h53
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Imanol Arias, Ornella Muti, Javier Bardem, Loles León, Maribel Verdú, Jordi Dauder
Rating50% 2.5223252.5223252.5223252.5223252.522325
Juan Marés (an anagram of the author's name) is a Catalan man from a humble background, the son of a frustrated zarzuela seamstress and an illusionist known as Fu-Ching, the magician. He grew up in Barcelona during the 1950s, dreaming of leaving his poverty behind. In December 1970, he meets his future wife. He was in a photograph exhibit, when just coincidence involved him with a group who was organizing a hunger strike for four days in protest of the Burgos trial verdict. There, he meets Norma Valenti, the only daughter of a wealthy family of traditional and conservative Catalan background. In spite of big economical, social and cultural differences between them, Juan and Norma get married.
Intruso
Intruso (1993)
, 1h25
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Genres Drama
Actors Imanol Arias, Victoria Abril, Antonio Valero
Rating62% 3.1466253.1466253.1466253.1466253.146625
Luisa, a middle class housewife living in Santander, Northern Spain, has a comfortable existence with her husband Ramiro, who has a successful medico-dental career. They have two children: Ramirín and Ángela. One winter day, Luisa, stopping in a traffic light, spots her ex-husband, Ángel, who is selling tissues on the streets. After that brief encounter, the next day, Luisa looks for Ángel in the area where she saw him before. She finds him wandering about the city in destitution. Overcome with sentimentality and, over Ramiro's objections, Luisa takes Ángel into her home in an effort to help him and rebuild the friendship the three of them once had. Luisa is convinced that destiny has reunited them.
Lovers
Lovers (1991)
, 1h43
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Erotic, Crime, Romance
Actors Victoria Abril, Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdú
Rating69% 3.4985753.4985753.4985753.4985753.498575
In Madrid, in the mid-1950s, Paco, a handsome young man from the provinces serving the last days of his military service, is in search of both a steady job and lodging. He is engaged to be married to Trini, his major’s maid. Trini is not only sweet and pretty, but also has saved a sizable amount of money through years of hard work and frugal living, which will enable her and Paco to start their lives together comfortably. With a factory job lined up, Paco moves out of his barracks and look for somewhere to live until the wedding. Trini unwittingly refers him to Luisa, a beautiful widow who periodically takes in boarders and rents him a spare bedroom.
Riders of the Dawn, 4h10
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Actors Victoria Abril, Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdú, Fernando Guillén, Antonio Iranzo Escorihuela, Conrado San Martín
Rating68% 3.430723.430723.430723.430723.43072
The plot follows the life of Marian, a young woman whose greatest ambition is to be the owner of the spa resort, where she works. The action is set in Las Caldas, a small town in Asturias, where the lives of its inhabitants are forever changed by the arrival of the Asturian revolution of 1934 and the Spanish Civil War.
If They Tell You I Fell, 2h
Directed by Vicente Aranda
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Jorge Sanz, Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Lluís Homar, Javier Gurruchaga, María Botto
Rating58% 2.902632.902632.902632.902632.90263
In the post Spanish Civil War years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories, known as "aventis" open-ended narratives drifting back and forth through time. Laced with horror and perversity, these tales mix war stories, local gossip, comic book characters, fantasy and real events. The "aventis" of this film are told in flashback in 1970, 1940, 1936 and the mid-1980s.