Hugo del Carril

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Hugo del Carril
Hugo del Carril by Annemarie Heinrich - Cromocart Edition.jpg
Hugo del Carril by Annemarie Heinrich
Pierre Bruno Hugo Fontana

(1912-11-30)30 November 1912
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died13 August 1989(1989-08-13) (aged 76)

Pierre Bruno Hugo Fontana, otherwise known as Hugo del Carril (30 November 1912 – 13 August 1989 in Buenos Aires), was an Argentine film actor, film director and tango singer of the classic era.

Early life[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, del Carril was the son of parents of a rich economic position, his mother Orsolina Bertani was born in Argentina (daughter of the Italian Anarchist Orsini Bertani), but his father Hugo Fontana was an Italian architect, born in Milan. But in spite of the comforts and the comfortable life they led, his parents separated and young Hugo was left in the charge of a family friend.


Del Carril originally began as a popular personality on Argentine radio, and parlayed that into a film career that began in late 1936. He was an immediate hit, and developed into one of Argentina's major film stars. He made some 50 film appearances as an actor between then and his retirement in 1976 but he turned to directing in 1949 and simultaneously directed, acted and produced many of his films becoming one of the industries highest earners of the period. In 1952 he directed the widely acclaimed Argentine film, Las Aguas Bajan Turbias known as "River of Blood" in English. He also composed the "Peronist March" (Marcha Peronista), which served as the anthem of the Peronist movement. Del Carril was himself a committed Peronist and was briefly blacklisted and sent into exile in Mexico following Peron's overthrow in 1955.[1]

His 1961 film Esta tierra es mía was entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival.[2]



Hugo del Carril in 1950



  • Yo maté a Facundo (1975)
  • Historia del 900 (1949)


  • Buenas noches, Buenos Aires (1964)
  • La sentencia (1964)
  • La calesita (1963)
  • Las tierras blancas (1959)
  • Una cita con la vida (1958)
  • Más allá del olvido (1956)
  • La Quintrala, doña Catalina de los Ríos y Lisperguer (1955)
  • Surcos de sangre (1950)
  • Historia del 900 (1949)


  • Finkielman, Jorge. The Film Industry in Argentina: An Illustrated Cultural History. McFarland, 2003.
  • Rist, Peter H. Historical Dictionary of South American Cinema. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.


  1. ^ Rist p.202
  2. ^ "2nd Moscow International Film Festival (1961)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-11-18.

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