Ismael Rodríguez

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Ismael Rodríguez
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Born 19 October 1917
Mexico City, Mexico
Died 7 August 2004(2004-08-07) (aged 86)
Mexico City

Ismael Rodríguez (October 19, 1917 – August 7, 2004) was an acclaimed Mexican film director.

Rodríguez directed many major stars, including Pedro Infante, Dolores del Río, María Félix, and even Toshiro Mifune, the favorite actor of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, as a Mexican Indian in the film Ánimas Trujano (1961). This film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.[1]

Rodríguez's most renowned international film is Tizoc, in which Pedro Infante-who starred alongside Maria Felix -received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. For this role, Infante won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival.[2] Pedro Infante died in a plane crash. on April 15, 1957, before receiving the award. When Ismael Rodriguez asked Pedro's mother to keep the Silver Bear, she refused to accept it. Instead she told Rodriguez that because He had "made" Pedro Infante, deserved to keep the statue. He humbly did. Rodriguez, not only worked with the best of Mexican and international actors, he made some of the most memorable movies of the time. A brilliant writer/director.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
1965 El niño y el muro
1963 The Paper Man
1962 Ánimas Trujano
1961 Los Hermanos Del Hierro
1959 The Soldiers of Pancho Villa
1957 Tizoc
1956 Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer
1954 Romance de fieras
Borrasca en las almas
Maldita ciudad
1953 Dos tipos de cuidado
1951 What Has That Woman Done to You?
1951 Full Speed Ahead
1951 A.T.M. A toda máquina!
1951 My General's Women
1950 Over the Waves
1948 Nosotros los pobres
Los tres huastecos
Ustedes los ricos
1943 Mexicanos, al grito de guerra


  1. ^ "The 34th Academy Awards (1962) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale 1957: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 

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