Francisco Pérez-Dolz dies at age 95
The valued filmmaker triumphed with 'A tiro limpio', a classic of Spanish police films
April 9, 2017
Francisco Pérez-Dolz has passed away at the age of 95 in Barcelona. His debut film 'A tiro limpio' (1963), shot in Barcelona, is considered to be a classic of Spanish police cinema.
The valued filmmaker with more than a fifty year career made only three feature films as a director: 'A tiro limpio', 'El mujeriego' (1964) and 'Los jueces de la Biblia' (1965). He learned in a self-taught way. It began as a meritorious and assistant camera operator. Later he was an assistant director until becoming a producer of advertising and industrial cinema.
Perez-Dolz also worked as a screenwriter. His script was one of the first films shot in Catalan during the Franco regime, 'En Baldiri de la Costa' (1968), a film by Josep Maria Font starring Joan Capri. It was translated into Spanish in 1970.
The filmmaker also made a magnificent didactic short, 'Lecciones de cinematografía' (1957), and worked as a professor of management at the Catalan Film and Audiovisual School (ESCAC) between 1988 and 1996.
In 2007 Ferran Alberich dedicated a book to him 'Paco Pérez-Dolz. The camí de l'ofici', published in the' Cineastes' collection of the Filmoteca de Catalunya.
In 2014 he was named a member of honor of the Academy of Catalan Cinema.
Born: 1922, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 4/9/2017, Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Francisco Perez-Dolz’s westerns – assistant director, cameraman:
The Savage Guns – 1962 [assistant director]
Shoot to Kill – 1965 [cameraman]