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Gilberto Gazcón

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Gilberto Gazcón de Anda (19 May 1929 – 11 May 2013) was a Mexican film director, screenwriter and producer. He wrote more than fifty screenplays, directed more than thirty films, won numerous awards, and was a promoter of Mexican cinema. He is best known in English-speaking countries for the neo noir thriller film Rage (1966), starring Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens.


Gilberto Gazcón was born in Mexico City on 19 May 1929. He was the son of film producer and screenwriter Valentín Gazcón, and the nephew of Raúl de Anda, pioneers of Mexican sound cinema. His brother Edgardo Gazcón [es] also became a filmmaker.[1]

He showed an aptitude for art from an early age, and was drawn to cinema, where he began as a child actor and later worked as an assistant set designer.

He began writing his own screenplays, and decided to abandon his medical career and enrolled in film adaptation courses and studied acting at the Cinematographic Academy, directed by Celestino Gorostiza. The first film to be released with a plot written by him was Fierecilla (1950), directed by Fernando Méndez [es], which received favourable reviews for its plot and the psychology of its characters.[1]

In 1958 he directed his first film, The Boxer (El boxeador). In 1966 he directed a Mexican-American co-production Rage (El mal), starring Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens. In 1960 he directed La cárcel de Cananea, which was shown at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.[2]

He directed more than 30 films, including Los desarraigados (1959), La risa de la ciudad (1962), Perro callejero (1980), and Perro callejero II (1981).

He was a founding member in 1963 of the Mexican Society of Film, Radio and Television Directors and Producers (Sociedad Mexicana de Directores y Realizadores de Cine, Radio y Televisión), and honorary president from 1982.[3]

He died on 11 May 2013 at the age of 83, due to pulmonary complications caused by an embolism.

Film director Juan Antonio de la Riva [es], head of the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, described him as "a great man, who in his career as a writer and director always strove to be ambitious, always pursued quality cinema, which was demonstrated in most of his films".[3]


Selected filmography

As director

  • The Boxer (El boxeador (1958)
  • Los desarraigados (1959)
  • El gran pillo (1960)
  • La cárcel de Cananea (1960)
  • Remolino (1961)
  • Suerte te dé Dios (1961)
  • Tres tristes tigres (1961)
  • Juan sin miedo (1961)
  • Cielo rojo (1962)
  • Atrás de las nubes (1962)
  • La risa de la ciudad (1963)
  • Rage (El mal) (1966)
  • Al rojo vivo (1969)
  • Tres amigos (1970)
  • El cinico (1970)
  • Ya somos hombres (1971)
  • Los novios (1971)
  • El cielo y tu (1971)
  • El desconocido (1974)
  • El niño y la estrella (1976)
  • Traigo la sangre caliente (1977)
  • El regreso de los perros callejeros (1978)
  • Perro callejero (1980)
  • Perro callejero II (1981)
  • Dos de abajo (1983)
  • El Cafre (1986)
  • Rosa de dos aromas (1989)
  • Félix, como el gato (1995)
  • Push to Open (1998)

As screenwriter

  • Fierecilla (1951), dir. Fernando Méndez [es]
  • El lobo solitario (1952), dir. Vicente Oroná
  • La justicia del lobo (1952), dir. Vicente Oroná
  • Vuelve el lobo (1952), dir. Vicente Oroná
  • La hija del ministro (1952), dir. Fernando Méndez
  • El lunar de la familia (1953), dir. Fernando Méndez
  • Genio y figura (1953), dir. Fernando Méndez
  • El jinete (1954), dir. Vicente Oroná
  • Con el diablo en el cuerpo (1954), dir. Raúl de Anda
  • Los aventureros (1954), dir. Fernando Méndez
  • Fugitivos: Pueblo de proscritos (1955), dir. Fernando Méndez
  • ¡Vaya tipos! (1955), dir. Fernando Méndez
  • Tres bribones (1955), dir. Fernando Méndez
  • Ay, Chaparros... ¡Cómo abundan! (1956), dir. Rolando Aguilar
  • Quietos todos (1959), dir. Zacarías Gómez Urquiza
  • Señoritas (1959), dir. Fernando Méndez
  • Los desarraigados (1960)
  • La cárcel de Cananea (1960)
  • Tres tristes tigres (1961)
  • Juan sin miedo (1961)
  • Atrás de las nubes (1962)
  • La risa de la ciudad (1963)
  • En la vieja California (1963), dir. Jesús Marín
  • Los bravos de California (1963), dir. Jesús Marín
  • Gallo con espolones (1964), dir. Zacarías Gómez Urquiza
  • Rage (1966)
  • Al rojo vivo (1969)
  • Tres amigos (1970)
  • * El cinico (1970)
  • Ya somos hombres (1971)
  • Los novios (1971)
  • El cielo y tu (1971)
  • El desconocido (1974)
  • El niño y la estrella (1976)
  • Félix, como el gato (1995)
  • Push to Open (1998)

As producer

  • Rage (1966)
  • El niño y la estrella (1976)
  • Relaciones violentas (1992), dir Sergio Véjar
  • Los peluqueros (1997), dir. Javier Durán

As editor

  • Félix, como el gato (1955)


  1. ^ a b c Secretary of Culture (13 May 2013). "Fallece el director cinematográfico Gilberto Gazcón de Anda (Death of Film Director Gilberto Gazcón de Anda)". Government of Mexico (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 June 2024.
  2. ^ "Todas las películas de la 9 edición". Festival de San Sebastián (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 June 2024.
  3. ^ a b c Olivares, Juan José (13 May 2013). "Murió Gilberto Gazcón, conocedor absoluto del oficio de cineasta (Gilberto Gazcón, an absolute connoisseur of the profession of filmmaker, dies)". Periódico La Jornada (in Spanish). p. a12. Retrieved 2 June 2024.

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