They compile the legacy of director Alberto Isaac – El Sol de México

A multifaceted, charismatic person with a great passion for cinema, is how friends, family and colleagues describe Alberto Isaac, an emblem of national cinematography and, at the same time, a reference for Mexican culture of the 20th century.

Throughout his life, Alberto Isaac won 11 Ariel Awards, was an actor, painter, professional athlete, filmmaker, normalist, and even a public official. He made dozens of films and documentaries, and worked with great directors such as Arturo Ripstein and Humberto Hermosillo; That is why, aware of his film legacy, a group of writers decided to write key moments in the artist’s life in a book titled “Alberto Isaac. 100 years after his birth.”

“Hopefully new generations can continue getting to know Alberto Isaac, the book is a mechanism for them to get closer to his life and work. Without a doubt, I dare to say that he was an emblematic character in our culture,” he stated in an interview with The Sun of Mexico Amaury Fernández Reyes, coordinator of the publication.

The book consists of 11 chapters in which more of the life of Alberto Isaac is explored, from his work as a filmmaker, the director’s most remembered films such as “In this town there are no thieves” (1965), a film that was inspired by a story by Gabriel García Márquez, “The corner of the virgins” (1972) or “Mariana, Mariana” (1987).

It also delves into his personality, how he developed outside of work, his personal interests, his role as an Olympic swimmer is explored, as well as the decision that led him to head the General Directorate of the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE).

“Of the 11 chapters that the book has, there is more about cinema and its films. There is a chapter that tells about swimming, political cartoons and daily life. Carlos Monsiváis said that Alberto Isaac had a multifaceted personality, one of the figures that Guillermo del Toro most admires is Alberto Isaac, without a doubt he was a very important man in society, in different areas,” said Amaury Fernández.

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Alberto Isaac was born in 1922 in Coyoacán, in Mexico City. However, his family moved to Colima where he lived much of his life. There he was able to film some of his movies; He had great esteem for him, according to Fernández, who was in charge of organizing the testimonies collected by different friends, colleagues and experts who shared something with the filmmaker, who also served as Editor of the newspaper. THIS for some years.

“In one of the chapters we talk about the film “The corner of the virgins” which is where they show the landscapes of Comala, a place with which he always remained in love. Alberto was a noble, empathetic, observant man, who knew how to listen, had a deep sense of humor, and offered friendship with great simplicity,” said Catherine Bloch, Deputy Director of Collections Research at the National Cinematheque. The publication is now on sale in bookstores and at the Cineteca Nacional.

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