Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Remembering José Antonio de la Loma

Director, screenwriter José Antonio de la Loma Hernández was born on March 2, 1924 in Barcelona, Spain. He was the son of a military father and while attending college became interested in writing for the cinema. In the meantime to earn a living he dedicated his life to teaching and was a school teacher in Barcelona during the 1940s. His cinema debut was in 1953 with his screen adaptation of “La hija del mar” directed by Àngel Guimerà
He later became one of the most recognized screenwriters of Spaghetti Western genre in the 1960s with over a dozen screenplays. José then entered into writing screenplays with social criticism in the 1970s for movies called quinquies films. These films concerned themselves with the life and death of juveniles living in the slums of the larger cities in Spain brought about by emigration in the 1960s and 1970s. He was also an author and wrote several novels during his lifetime. De la Loma died in Barcelona, Spain on April 7, 2004. We remember José Antonio de la Loma today on what would have been his 85th birthday.


  1. He did some fine work! My favorites of his include: FIVE GIANTS FROM TEXAS, $5,000 ON THE ACE, WHY GO ON KILLING?, RED BLOOD YELLOW GOLD, GRAND SLAM, ELEKTRA 1.
    All great stuff!

  2. His directoral effort, WHY GO ON KILLING? with Anthony Steffen, was among the first Spanish/Italian Westerns to convince to give these films special attention.