Saturday, July 28, 2018

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Jesus Franco

Jesús Franco Manera was born in Madrid, Spain on May 12, 1930 and was a Spanish filmmaker, composer, and actor. As Jess Franco he’s best known for his stylish exploitation films, directing around 160 feature films. But beyond that Franco, when he was only six years old, started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and an easy-read novel writer (under the pseudonym David Khume), he signed on to enter the Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográicas (IIEC), where he stayed for only two years, while he then worked simultaneously as a director and theater actor.

Franco would continue to be involved with music during his long film career and corroborated with other composers and songwriters on 72 film scores among which was as co-composer for the 1954 film “The Coyote”.

FRANCO, Jesus (Jesus Franco Manera) [5/12/1930, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 4/2/2013, Malaga, Andalusia, Spain (stroke)] – producer, director, writer, composer, musician (piano), actor, uncle of producer, production manager, director, assistant director, writer, cameraman, composer, film editor, actor Ricardo Franco (Ricardo Franco Rubio) [1949–1998], writer Miguel Marías [1947-    ], writer, actor Javier Marías (Javier Marías Franco) [1951-    ], married to assistant director, writer, film editor, actress Nicole Guettard [19??-1996] (1962-1980), married to producer, production manager, director, assistant director, writer, film editor, actress Lina Romay [1954-2012] (2008-2012).
The Coyote - 1954 (co)

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