Leopoldo Torre Nilsson
|Leopoldo Torre Nilsson|
|Born||Leopoldo Torres Nilsson
5 May 1924
|Died||8 September 1978(aged 54)|
|Other names||Leo Towers|
Leopoldo Torre Nilsson (5 May 1924, Buenos Aires, Argentina – 8 September 1978, Buenos Aires, Argentina), also known as Leo Towers and as Babsy, was an Argentine film director, producer and screenwriter.
Born as Leopoldo Torres Nilsson (he later changed his paternal surname from Torres to Torre) was the son of Argentine pioneer film director Leopoldo Torres Ríos, with whom he collaborated between 1939 and 1949. He debuted in 1947 with the short El muro. His mother was an Argentinian citizen of Swedish descent. His uncle was cinematographer Carlos Torres Ríos (1898–1956).
Torre Nilsson's first full-length film, El crimen de Oribe (1950), was an adaptation of Adolfo Bioy Casares's novel El perjurio de la nieve. In 1954 he directed Días de odio, based on Jorge Luis Borges's short story Emma Zunz. He also directed films about icons of Argentine history and culture: Martín Fierro (1968), about the main character of Argentina's national poem; El Santo de la Espada (1970), about General José de San Martín; and Güemes: la tierra en armas (1971), about Martín Miguel de Güemes. It was entered into the 7th Moscow International Film Festival. His 1973 film Los siete locos won the Silver Bear at the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival.
Torre Nilsson was married to writer Beatriz Guido, whose work served as inspiration and who worked alongside him in many of his scripts. He is acknowledged as the first Argentine film director to be critically acclaimed outside the country, making Argentina's film production known in important international festivals. He died of cancer in his native Buenos Aires in 1978, at the age of 54. He was buried at the Cementerio Británico in Buenos Aires.
A novelized biography of Torre Nilsson, El Gran Babsy (ISBN 950-07-0895-7), by Mónica Martín, was published in 1993. Another biography, Leopoldo Torre Nilsson: Imagen y Poesía (ISBN 987-04-0581-9) was published in 2006 by the newspaper La Nación and the Aguilar editorial house.
Selected filmography 
- El Hijo del crack (1953)
- The House of the Angel (1957)
- La caída (1959)
- Un Guapo del '900 (1960)
- The Party Is Over (1960)
- Summer Skin (1961)
- The Hand in the Trap (1961)
- The Female: Seventy Times Seven (1962)
- The Terrace (1963)
- Monday's Child (1967)
- Martín Fierro (1968)
- El Santo de la Espada (1970)
- Güemes: la tierra en armas (1971)
- The Seven Madmen (1973)
- Official website
- Leopoldo Torre Nilsson at Cinenacional.com
- Leopoldo Torre Nilsson at the Internet Movie Database
- Leopoldo Torre Nilsson at Pantalla.info.