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21.

Marcello Mastroianni

Now in his fifties, Marcello Mastroianni talks about his life, his relationships with Fellini and Sophia Loren, and his beginnings as a stage actor with Visconti. Mastroianni was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor three times. Prominent films include: 8 1/2 La Dolce Vita, Atto d'accusa, Big Deal on Madonna Street, and more.
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2016; 1978
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Gillo Pontecorvo

Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo worked in the industry for more than a decade before his best known film La battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers, 1966) was released.
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2016; 1978
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Antonio di Benedetto

Antonio Di Benedetto (1922, Mendoza - 1986, Buenos Aires) was an Argentine journalist and writer of Italian descent. He began to study law but later dedicated himself to journalism, becoming deputy director of the newspaper Los Andes. Di Benedetto began to write in his adolescence and came to occupy an outstanding place in contemporary Argentine narrative. Di Benedetto published his first book in 1953, Animal World, a volume of stories. Later he wrote five novels, the most famous of which is Zama. He published El Silencieroin 1964 and Los Suicidas in1969. During the last civil-military dictatorship, he was persecuted, imprisoned, and tortured, and finally released on September 4, 1977. He left the country and went into exile in Europe, returning to Argentina in 1984.
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2016; 1978
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Manuel Mújica Láinez

Manuel Mujica Láinez, the author of Bomarzo (1962), considers himself as "the result of two families who lost everything, except what you have had the good taste to call wit." He worked closely with writers like Bioy Casares, Silvina and Victoria Ocampo, and Borges- "Both, Georgie and I, we've been very anti-Peronists. I struggled not to imitate him." The author of La casa (The House - 1954) and El Laberinto (The Labyrinth - 1974) says, with dreadful irony, about Spanish literature and other Latin American writers: "I try to be kind, but sometimes I can not".
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2016; 1977
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Milan Kundera

Czech-born French writer Milan Kundera grants A Fondo a rare interview. Since 1975, Kundera has been living in France after being exiled from Czechoslovakia. In 1979, he published The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and shortly thereafter released his highly successful The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
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2016; 1980
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Otto Preminger

Otto Ludwig Preminger (Wiznitz, Ukraine, 1906 - New York, 1986) was an American film director of Jewish-Austrian origin. From the age of 17, he combined studies with theater. He worked with Max Reinhardt, one of the great theatrical directors of the time. The first film he considered truly his own was Laura, 1944. Other works include: the musical Carmen Jones (1954); The Man with the Golden Arm (1955); Good Morning Sadness (Bonjour Tristesse, 1958); Anatomy of a Murder (1959); Advise & Consent (1962); and his final film The Human Factor (1979).
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2016; 1980
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Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras is the pseudonym of Marguerite Donnadieu - novelist, screenwriter, and French film director. In 1932, she moved to Paris and studied law, mathematics, and political science. In 1943 she published her first work, La impudicia (Impudence); over 20 twenty novels, screenplays, and dramatic texts including, The Lover (1984). In 1977 she wrote and directed Le camion (The Truck) starring Gerard Depardieu.
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2016; 1979
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Luis García Berlanga

Luis García Berlanga is a Spanish film director. His film El verdugo (The executioner) won the Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1963 and is considered the best film in the history of Spanish cinema.
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2016; 1980
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Leopoldo Torre Nilsson

Leopoldo Torre Nilsson (Buenos Aires, 1924 - 1978) is one of the most important and representative filmmakers of Argentine cinema, with a filmography of 42 titles. In 1974, his film Boquitas was released and won the Special Prize of the Jury and the Silver Shell at the San Sebastian Festival. In 1975, he made his last film, Piedra Libre. A few days after the military coup in March 1976, Nilsson announced his intention to leave the country. He died September 8,1978.
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2016; 1976
30.

Quino

QUINO, Joaquín Salvador Lavado, was born as the son of Spanish and Andalusian immigrants in the city of Mendoza (Argentina) in 1932. Since his birth, he was called Quino to distinguish him from his uncle Joaquin Tejon, a painter and cartoonist with whom he discovers his vocation. In 1976 in Argentina, a military coup occurs and General Videla takes command; Quino and his wife move to Milan. In 1976 at the request of UNICEF, his cartoon character Mafalda became the spokesperson for the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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2016; 1979
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Alberto Ginastera

An Argentine composer of contemporary classical music, Alberto Ginastera is considered one of the most important composers of the twentieth century. He composed with writer Manuel Mujica Lainez on the opera Bomarzo. Ginastera was also known outside academia. Rock band, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer adapted the fourth movement of his first piano concerto and recorded it on their popular album Brain Salad Surgery under the name Toccata. The recording not only had the approval of Ginastera, but his support.
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2016; 1979
32.

Matilde Urrutia

Matilde Urrutia (1912-1985) traveled from Isla Negra to participate in the 1976 A FONDO program. She is the third wife and widow of poet Pablo Neruda, whom she met in 1946 and married in 1955. She describes with extreme sensitivity the years they shared together until the death of Neruda, which coincides with the bloody military coup of 1973, and concludes the program reading poem 64 of Cien sonetos de amor.
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2016; 1976
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Joan Manuel Serrat

Joan Manuel Serrat is a Spanish musician, singer, songwriter, performer, actor, writer, and poet who was born in Barcelona in 1943. He is one of the most prominent figures of modern song in Spanish and Catalan, receiving the Latin Grammy and Person of the Year in 2014.
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2016; 1977
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Geraldine Chaplin

Daughter of Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill, Geraldine Chapman describes her family life, childhood, and career; she appeared in several English, French, and Spanish speaking films. Geraldine was linked professionally and personally to film director Carlos Saura, with whom she birthed a son and made nine movies.
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2016; 1976
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Facundo Cabral

Rodolfo Enrique Cabral (La Plata, Buenos Aires, 1937 - Guatemala, 2011), was a singer-songwriter, poet, writer and Argentine philosopher. He was characterized by his compositions of trova and his monologues with personal anecdotes, parables, social criticism to promote self-realization, the awakening of consciousness, and spiritual reflection. In 1970, he recorded 'No soy de aquí, no soy de allá' (I am not from here nor am from there). During the last Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983), he was already considered a singer-songwriter of protest, forcing him to leave Argentina in 1976. He settled in Mexico, where he continued to compose and make presentations.
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2016; 1978
36.

Carlos Barral

Barral was poet and editor who became known as the creator of the "Latin American Boom" through his editorial Seix Barral. In this A Fond, Barral discusses authors he published like Vargas Llosa, Puig, and Cabrera Infante, and explains his personal vision of literary phenomena in Spanish compared toothier literatures.
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2016; 1976
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Francisco Ayala

Francisco Ayala is a Spanish-American novelist and university professor. During the Spanish civil war, he was exiled first to Buenos Aires and then the United States. In the 1970s, Ayala investigated genetic variation and natural selection at the molecular level, and throughout his career, defended the teaching of evolution in public schools.
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2016; 1977
38.

Jorge Edwars a Fondo

Jorge Edwards was an author, lawyer, journalist, and Chilean diplomat. Throughout his career he held different diplomatic positions: executive business in Havana (1970-1971) and minister counselor in Paris (1971-1973) where he was under the command of Pablo Neruda. After the coup in Chile, he moved to Barcelona where he worked as a consultant in Seix Barral and published Persona Non Grata (1973). He is the author of numerous novels, short stories and essays.
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2016; 1976
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José Ferrater Mora

José Ferrater Mora (Barcelona, 1912 - Barcelona, 1991) was a philosopher, essayist, and writer. He taught at several universities in France, Cuba, Chile, and the United States of America, where he settled in 1947 after fleeing the Franco regime. He is the author of several books on philosophical thought and several films. He began his celebrated Dictionary of Philosophy during his first exile in Cuba at the end of 1939 and only stopped working on it at his death in 1991. He created the philosophical method he called integrationism and was an advocate for animal rights.
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2016; 1976
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Julián Marías

Julián Marías Aguilera (Valladolid, Madrid, 2005) earned a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Madrid and was a disciple of Ortega y Gasset. Although an outstanding essayist and distinguished philosopher, Marías did not teach in the Franco's Spanish University due to ideological discrepancies; he was a lecturer in Europe and America. His presence in the Spanish intellectual world has been constant: he collaborated with relevant newspapers, was a member of the Royal Academy, and a senator by royal appointment. He presided over the Foundation for Sociological Studies from its creation in 1979 until his death. In 1974, he published The Social Justice and other Justices and in 1996, received the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, shared with Indro Montanelli.
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2016; 1976