Biography of Néstor Almendros (1930-1992)

Director of photography and director of Spanish cinema, born in Barcelona (Spain), in 1930 and died in New York (United States), on March 4, 1992.


After spending his childhood and youth in his hometown, he went to Cuba, where they made contact with film very soon, in projects in Super-8 and 16 mm. He collaborated in the Foundation of a club, at the time that University studied philosophy and letters. Cuban film limitations lead him, in the mid-1950s, to study film at the City College of New York and at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografía in Rome. His return to Cuba coincided with the arrival of the revolution, a situation which was in charge of making propaganda documentaries that only allowed him to practice the craft. In the early 1960s he went to France, where it survived initially as a teacher of languages. There was related to the Group of young people who were fueling the "Nouvelle vague" - Schroeder, Truffaut,Rohmer, etc. In the mid-seventies he began to intervene in American productions. Won the Oscar for best cinematography for days of heaven, Terrence Malick. After he was nominated for his work on Kramer on Kramer, the Blue Lake and the decision of Sophie. Also received a César (award granting French cinema) by the last metro. He directed several films and documentaries throughout his life.

In the work of almond influenced, at least in its early days, the neorralista g. R. Aldo. The result of their contribution to the image of a film is the result of the gaze; Almond wanted to capture what he saw, and only reinforce the light when it was necessary. He was a director of photography quick solve plane lighting. His work was developed, mainly in indoor and natural, and their filming on set were very scarce.


As director: 1949: A daily confusion. 1951: The boticaria. 1953: A monologue by Hamplet (code).1956: The mount of moon. 1959: 58-59. 1960: Rural school; Rhythm of Cuba. 1961: People on the beach; The tumba francesa (code).1970: Cane (and screenplay and photography) (short film). 1984: improper conduct (code).1989: No one listened.

As director of photography:

Short films: 1968: the fermière à Montfaucon. 1969: Des bleuets la tête dan. 1970: The creature (medium). 1971: Sing Sing; Le repas rituel; Le cochon aux patates douce; Make-up. 1972: Les practicable of Jean Dubuffet. 1980: d'Outre-Mer.

Feature films: 1955: never. 1960: Water; Rural buildings; The tomato; Agricultural cooperatives; Travel card; General Assembly. 1964: Paris seen by...; Nadja à Paris. 1965: Le sursistaire; Pour mon anniversaire; Une étudiante d'aujourd ' hui; Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus. 1966: The collector. 1967: The wild racers. 1968: More; The Méduse (unfinished); Tuset Street (code).1969: My night with Maud; The wild child. 1970: Domicile conjugal; Clara knee. 1971: The two English and love; The Valley. 1972: Love after noon; Poil de carotte. 1973: Femmes au soleil; L'Oiseau rare; The gueule ouverte; The gentleman tramp or life of Charles Chaplin. 1974: General Idi Amin hobby; COCKFIGHTER; Month petites amoureuses. 1975: The history of Adèle H.; My dear, loving, p... 1976: The marquise of O; Des Journées entières dans les arbres; Sex change; Days of the cielo.1977: the lover of love; Madame Rosa; Le Centre Georges Pompidou-Beaubourg; Koko, le gorille qui parle; South Road; The green room. 1978: Perceval le Gallois; Love on the run; Kramer against Kramer. 1979: The Blue Lake. 1980: The last metro. 1981: Under suspicion. 1982: The decision of Sophie; Pauline at the beach. 1983: The Texas project; Strongly Sunday. 1984: A place in the heart. 1986: the cake is finished. 1988: Nadine.1989: notes from the natural (New York stories episode).

Works for television: 1965-68: La Gare; Public garden; La Journée d' a savant; La Journée d'un Médecin; La Journée d' a journaliste; La Journée d'une vendeuse; In corse; La Grèce; Au pays basque; The vie économique au XIIIème siècle; Holiday in London Town.


ALMOND, N.: A camera days. Barcelona. Seix Barral. 1982.