Monday, October 24, 2011

Remembering Rafael Azcona

Rafael Azcona Fernández was born on October 24, 1926, in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. He was regarded as one of the greatest screenwriters of the Spanish cinema. He began his career as a novelist and wrote humorous stories for the magazine La codorniz. In 1959 with the collaboration of Italian director Marco Ferreri they adapted his novel El pisito into a screenplay and Azcona entered the world of cinema which he never left exclaiming, "I write scripts because it is easier then writing novels." During his film career he also became a director and an actor. He wrote the screenplays for three Euro-westerns: "It Can be Done Amigo", "Massacre at Fort Holman" (both 1972) and "Don’t Touch the White Woman" (1973). Rafael developed lung cancer and died in Madrid, Spain on March 23, 2008. Today we remember Rafael Azcona on what would have been his 85th birthday.

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