CastPedro Lopez Lagar WriterPedro Miguel Obligado Release date4 February 1947 GenresDrama, Biographical film, Black-and-white Related Luis Cesar Amadori moviesLuis Cesar Amadori directed Albeniz and God Reward You, Luis Cesar Amadori directed Albeniz and Amor en el Aire, Luis Cesar Amadori directed Albeniz and Puerto nuevo, Luis Cesar Amadori directed Albeniz and Un novio para dos hermanas, Luis Cesar Amadori directed Albeniz and Mas bonita que ninguna
Albéniz is a 1947 black-and-white Argentine Silver Condor award-winning biographical drama film directed by Luis César Amadori and written by Pedro Miguel Obligado. The film stars Pedro López Lagar and Sabina Olmos. It won the Silver Condor Award for Best Film and numerous other awards, given by the Argentine Film Critics Association in 1948 for the best picture of the previous year.
The film is based on the life of Spanish composer and pianist, Isaac Albéniz. Albéniz is first seen as a child prodigy who is so talented some observers regard him as a fraud; the boy is also shown as the victim of a tyrannical father, who lives his own life through his son's accomplishments. Escaping his father's dominance as an adult, Albéniz first moves to South America and later to the United States, experiencing a colorful array of tempestuous love affairs.
He returns to Spain, but manages to land a scholarship at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, but once again his mind is on women rather than music. Eventually he rises to international fame through a series of self-financed concerts, ultimately earning every conceivable award and accolade for his work. Actor Pedro López Lagar won critical acclaim for his portrayal.
Pedro López Lagar as Isaac Albéniz
María Esther Podestá
José María Gutiérrez
Release and acclaim
The film won the Argentine Film Critics Association Award, the Silver Condor, for best film in 1948. It was also one of the main entries at the 2nd Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.
The Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences gave several awards for this film:
Best Picture: Argentina Sono Film
Best Director: Luis César Amadori
Best Actor: Pedro López Lagar
Special mentions: Pedro Miguel Obligado (guionista), Sabina Olmos (actriz), Raúl Soldi (escenógrafo), Guillermo Cases (director musical), Antonio Merayo (director de fotografía), Mario Fezia (operador de cámara), José María Paleo (sonidista), Jorge Garate (montajista) and Roque Giacovino (director de fotografía)