139 films and one Palme d’Or in Cannes…
His life has been summed up in one sentence and his achievements in less than a paragraph. Of course epitaphs are never right. But this one is the least: «Goodbye forever, master landa!»
The death of Alfredo Landa at 80 years-old in Madrid has tainted the Spanish stage.
His goodbye has revitalized the landismo phenomenon, a film genre in our country which bore a great sociological impact. He gave us popular comedies in the midst of economic development and «humor blanco» (humor for the masses) during the transition and 20th and 21st century.
On the 3rd day of the 3rd month of the year in 1933, and even more ironic, at 3:00 in the afternoon, Landa was born in Pamploma, Navarra. He was destined to mark a before and after in Spanish cinema.
An expert in theater, television and film, Landa also had a passion for football.
“Atraco a las tres”, “El verdugo”, “Los santos inocentes”, “La vaquilla” o ”El bosque animado” are considered to be his greatest legacy for the Spanish people and the rest of humanity.
We will always remember his eternal walk along the beach, showing off in front of the Swedish women in the movie “Manolo, la nuit”.
Though we’ve lost a master, we haven’t lost his work.
Landismo will never die… ¡Long live landismo!