March 11 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of one of the most beloved actors in Spanish cinema: José Luis López Vázquez. Whether it was through crude and comical persecution of tourists on the beach, or through dramatic roles of greater depth, the interpreter knew how to win the applause of the public and critics, turning the viewer into his most faithful “admirer, slave, friend and servant” (robbery at three, 1962). On the occasion of the centenary, FlixOlé presents a monographic cycle with the largest catalog of films of this unparalleled face in the filmography of our country.
The collection will be released on the platform next Friday, March 4, and will be made up of more than a hundred titles in which the actor participated. A complete film arc that ranges from his appearance as a clerk in Galerías Preciados in that happy couple (Luis García Berlanga and Juan Antonio Bardem, 1951) until his last appearances in more recent films such as Avellaneda Moon (Juan José Campanella, 2004) and free cuba (Raimundo Garcia, 2005).
In between, a whole repertoire of feature films, characters, phrases and mustaches that have been etched in the collective memory. Without forgetting the interpretation that he kept Spain, and the whole world, in suspense in The cabin (Antonio Mercero, 1972). This International Emmy-winning medium-length film will premiere at FlixOlé together with the José Luis López Vázquez collection on March 4.
A filmography full of laughter and drama, in HD
And there was no script that could resist this man with a thousand faces on stage. His comic appearance opened the doors to all kinds of comedies, ensuring laughter in entangling and ‘flirtatious’ films such as those signed by Pedro Lazaga, Mariano Ozores and José Luis Sáenz de Heredia: Tuesday and thirteen (1961), Weekend (1962), 40 degrees in the shade (1967) Tourism is a great invention (1968), Bi-Ki-Ni Target (1968), Why do we sin at 40? (1970) and The green begins in the Pyrenees (Vicente Escriva, 1973); humanely related comedies, such as the little apartment (Marco Ferreri, 1958) and A million in the trash (José María Forqué, 1967), and Berlanguian jokes such as Placid (1961), Long live the bride and groom! (1969) and the National Trilogy.
Likewise, José Luis López Vázquez showed that he could face other registers besides the humorous one. The filmmaker Carlos Saura opted to exploit the dramatic talents of the actor in Peppermint Frappe (1967), the garden of delights (1970) and the masterpiece: Cousin Angelica (1973).
The director Pedro Olea also knew first-hand the talents of the actor, whom he defined as the Spanish Jack Lemmon, apart from comedy. With this director, José Luis López Vázquez embodied the first serial killer registered in Spain in the film the wolf forest (1970). Two years after this, the interpreter would star in what was undoubtedly the most risky job of his career: My dear lady (Jaime de Armiñán, 1972), a film that dealt with the change of sex in the midst of Franco’s regime.
All these films, and many others, can be enjoyed in the best image and sound quality on FlixOlé. Likewise, the platform has prepared a special publication where it addresses the different faces of José Luis López Vázquez, including an exclusive interview with his son, José Luis López Magerus.
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