Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Remembering Juan Xiol

Juan Xiol Marchal was born on September 14, 1921 in Bilbao, Xizcaya, Pais Vaco, Spain. Today he's remembered by only a few for his contributions to film as his professional work lacked a certain continuity, reaching some recognition in the second half of the 1960s and thanks to the boom in genre cinema, his films were finally recognized after more than thirty years in the industry. Born to a Spanish father and a French mother He studied film in Paris at IDHEC. He served in the Spanish Civil War and then directed several short films in 1946 before his debut with the feature film "The Castle Rochal", using his own script, about a love triangle produced within the aristocracy. This same theme was repeated again a decade later with "Avenida Roma 66" (1956). During the 1950's his films were of the popular genres of the times. In the 1960s he directed his only two Euro-westerns: "$5.00 for Ringo" (1965) and "Seven Pistols for a Gringo" (1966). Both were produced by Ignacio Iquino’s IFI’s production company and co-produced with Italian backing. These films were followed by several Spy and adventure films before making several erotic films with his lover Lynn Enderson. Xiol died in Barcelona, Spain in 1977. Today we remember the mostly forgotten Spanish director Juan Xiol on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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