Benito Perojo (Madrid, June 14, 1894 –., 11 November 1974), director, producer and screenwriter Spanish.


Wealthy family, was a journalist son of Cuban origin. Graduated in London in electrical engineering, which agreed to new technologies that later applied to your movies. He is usually one of the parents of Spanish film, whose early marked some essential characteristics (taste for literary adaptations and use of national folklore issues). He was involved in all branches of cinematography and was even actor. His first works date back to the early 10, for the production company homeland Film Society: in 1913 he made How do a newspaper and in 1915 tries to exploit Charlot, character created by genius Charles Chaplin comic Philo imitating him as Dragée, comic character who gave him great fame which starred and directed several short films that year. He later was France until he returned in 1923.

Its folk flamenquismo, which earned him the esteem of the masses, however angry Luis buñuel and other intellectuals of the generation of 1927; It was the “Perojismo” as one of the endemic evils of Spanish film. Alien to all continued growing Perojo his version of the musical homeland, identified no one knows why andalusianism. They were her greatest hits Hollyhock (1927), adaptation of a rural drama of brothers Serafín and Joaquín Álvarez Quintero; The black was white soul (1934), on the famous novel of another Spanish of Cuban origin, Alberto insúa; La verbena de la paloma (1935), version of the famous zarzuela; and Goyescas (1942), alongside Empire Argentina singer and actress who became entrenched as the diva at that stage of the cinema Spanish with whom he also worked on Argentina with titles Cadiz misprimitas (1946) and was the Dolores (1947). This last realization was selected for the Cannes Film Festival, in 1947.

After returning to Spain in 1948 Perojo founded a production company, work which completely overshadowed his facet as a director, that he decided to consign to oblivion until his death in Madrid in 1974.

Perojo focused numerous film adaptations of classics and literary successes of his era: Mariquilla earthquake (1938), The Barber of Seville (1938), the eponymous work Marivaux transformed into Opera by gioacchino rossini; Our Natacha (1936), on the drama of Alejandro Casona; The black was white soul (twice, 1927 and 1934), on the famous novel by Alberto insúa; Marianela (1940) on the novel by Benito Pérez Galdós; Fog (1932), novel Unamuno; He’s my man (1934), on the grotesque antimachista tragedy of Carlos arniches; The man laughed love (1932), also on a novel by Insúa; MOM (1931), on the comedy of Gregorio Martínez Sierra; Hollyhock (1926), on the rural drama of Quintero; Boy (1926), about the work of Luis Coloma; Where are take them (1916); The Verbena de la Paloma (1934), on the famous zarzuela or Susana caste (1945), for example.

Short films as a director and actor “Dragée”

* Garrotazo and tentetieso (1915).

* Dragée, point Coachman (1915).

* Where are take them (1915).

* Clarita and Dragée in the football (1915).

* Clarita and Dragée go bullfighting (1915).

Filmography as director

* (1926) The black was white soul.

* (1928) Hearts without direction.

* (1929) The winery.

* (1934) La verbena de la Paloma.

* (1938) The Barber of Seville.

* (1938) Mariquilla earthquake.

* (1938) Spain sighs.

* (1940) The last failure.

* (1941) Force hero.

* (1942) Goyescas.

* (1946) The misprimitas of Cadiz.

* (1947) The Dolores copla.

* (1948) OLE Torero!

Filmography as producer

* (1953) Adventures of the Barber of Seville. Of Ladislaus Vajda

* (1954) Boyfriend in sight. Luis García Berlanga

* (1954) Morena Clara. Lucia Louis

* (1956) El Amor de don Juan. John Berry

* (1956) Gli amanti of the deserto. Of goffredo Alessandrini

* (1956) The girl in the neighborhood. Núñez Ricardo

* (1957) Susana and I. Of Henry Cahen Salaberry

* (1957) Wonder. From Javier Setó

* (1958) Bread, love and… Andalusia. From Javier Setó

* (1960) A ray of light. Lucia Louis

* (1961) Has come to an Angel. Lucia Louis

* (1963) Millionaire one day. Of Henry Cahen Salaberry

* (1963) La verbena de la Paloma. José Luis Sáenz de Heredia

* (1966) A boyfriend for two sisters. From Luis César Amadori

* (1966) Two twin guns. From Rafael Romero Marchent

* (1966) The tenement house mad. Fernando Ayala

* (1967) Great friends. Lucia Louis

* (1970) The Gypsy Inn. Antonio Román

* (1971) The shore. Lucia Louis

Filmography as a scriptwriter

* (1929) The winery. Of Benito Perojo

* (1934) La verbena de la Paloma. Of Benito Perojo

* (1938) Spain sighs. Of Benito Perojo

* (1941) Force hero. Of Benito Perojo

* (1942) Goyescas. Of Benito Perojo

* (1970) The Gypsy Inn. Antonio Román