Santiago Álvarez Román (March 18, 1919 – May 20, 1998) was a Cuban filmmaker. He wrote and directed many documentaries about Cuban and American culture. His "nervous montage" technique of using "found materials," such as Hollywood movie clips, cartoons, and photographs, is considered a precursor to the modern video clip. He studied in the United States but in the mid-1940s returned to Cuba, where he worked as a music archivist in a television station and participated in Communist Party activities. After the Cuban Revolution he became a founding member of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) and directed its weekly Latin American Newsreel.One of his most famous works, the short Now (1964) about racial discrimination in the US, mixed news photographs and musical clips featuring singer/actress Lena Horne. Other well-known works included the anti-imperialist satire LBJ (1968) and 79 Springs (1969), a poetic tribute to Ho Chi Minh.
In 1968, he collaborated with Octavio Getino and Fernando E. Solanas (members of Grupo Cine Liberación) on the four-hour documentary Hora de los hornos, about foreign imperialism in South America.
Among the other subjects he explored in his films were the musical and cultural scene in Latin America and the dictatorships which gripped the region.
The second chapter of French director Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma is dedicated to Álvarez, amongst others.He died of Parkinson's disease in Havana on May 20, 1998, and was buried there in the Colon Cemetery.
Accelerated Under-Development: In the Idiom of Santiago Alvarez (1999)
Historia de una Plaza (1989)
Coarse Salt (1984)
Biografía de un carnaval (1983)
The Necessary War (1980)
El octubre de todos (1977)
My Brother, Fidel (1977)
Morir por la patria es vivir (1976)
Luanda ya no es de San Pablo (1976)
Maputo meridiano novo (1976)
The First Delegate (1975)
April in Vietnam in the Year of the Cat (1975)
And Heaven Was Taken by Storm (1973)
The Tiger Leaps and Kills, But It Will Die... It Will Die... (1973)
I Am a Son of America (1972)
¿Cómo, por qué y para qué se asesina un general? (1971)
Piedra sobre piedra (1970)
The Servant's Dream (1970)
79 Springs (1969)
Take-Off at 18:00 Hours (1969)
Hanoi, Tuesday 13th (1968)
The Forgotten War (1967)
Hasta la Victoria Siempre (1967)
Abril de Girón (1966)
Año 7 (Noticiero No. 290) (1966)
Cerro Pelado (1966)
Solidaridad Cuba y Vietnam (1965)
Death to the Invader (1962)
Crisis en el Caribe (1962)
Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano (1960)
Towards Unity and Victory (1937)
El camino de Santiago: Periodismo, cine y revolución
Los Ojos de Santiago
Deathday1998-05-20 (79 years old)
Place of birthHavana, Cuba
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