Antonio Giménez-Rico

Antonio Giménez-Rico
Born Antonio Giménez-Rico
(1938-11-20) 20 November 1938
Burgos, Spain
Occupation Filmmaker

Antonio Giménez-Rico (born 20 November 1938), is a Spanish film director and screenwriter.


Antonio Giménez-Rico obtained a law degree from the university of Valladolid.[1] He also studied journalism and piano and worked on radio. He directed the film club at the university of Burgos and went to write movie criticism for the film magazine, Cinestudio.[2] He began his apprenticeship in film productions in 1963, working as an assistant director in films directed by Vittorio Cottafavi and Eugenio Martin, among others. In 1966 he made his debut as a director with the children's film, Mañana de Domingo, (Sunday Morning),[1] which was followed by a number of comedies like El Hueso 1968 and El Cronicón (1969). The failure of ¿Es usted mi padre? (Are you my father ?) (1970), led him to find employment on television.[2]

In 1970, Giménez-Rico began working extensively in state television for a period of years during which he directed the crime TV series Plinio (1972), about the character created by the writer Francisco Garcia Pavón.[1] He returned to motion pictures in 1976 with Retrato de Familia, (Family Portrait), an adaptation of Miguel Delibes novel, Mi idolatrado hijo Sisi, (My Beloved Son Sisi) dealing with members of a provincial family during the civil war, the film is widely considered as Giménez-Rico best work. It enabled him to make Al fin solos pero... (At last alone, but... 1977), which critics and audiences found disappointing. The little success he achieved with his next film Del Amor y de la muerte 1977 made him come back to work on television. He later made the highly acclaimed documentary film Vestida de Azul (Dressed in Blue) 1983, which combines a series of interviews with transsexuals with dramatized fictional scenes.

On television Giménez-Rico directed the series Pagina de Sucesos (1985). This was followed two years later with El disputado voto del señor Cayo (The disputed Vote for Mr Cayo) (1986), which dealt with life in a Castillian village during the post Franco election of 1977. Another film adapted from a novel by Miguel Delibes. His following films failed to achieve critical or commercial success like his 1987 film Jarrapellejos,[2] which was entered into the 38th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

Gimenez- Rico continues to work in films. He made the anti militaristic comedy Soldadito Español (Spanish Soldier boy) (1988), co scripted with Rafael Azcona,[1] Cuatro Estaciones;(Four Seasons) 1991 and Tres Palabras (Three Words) (1993). This films failed to impress critics or audiences.[1][2] In 1999 he was a member of the jury at the 21st Moscow International Film Festival.[4]

His last project is a historical drama set in the city of Burgos during the Spanish Civil War. It's based on Óscar Esquivias' novel Inquietud en el Paraíso (2005) [Restlessness in Paradise ].[5]



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Torres, Diccionario del cine Español, p. 231
  2. 1 2 3 4 D’Lugo, Guide to the Cinema of Spain, p. 164
  3. "Berlinale: 1988 Programme". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  4. "21st Moscow International Film Festival (1999)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
  5. "Galiardo considera que el proyecto de 'Inquietud en el Paraíso' se reactivará con la entrada de Garci como productor". 20 minutos. Retrieved 2010-11-13.


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