Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Bigas Luna

Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Bigas Luna

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Spanish helmer's Iberian trilogy included Jamón, Jamon

Spanish film director Juan Jose Bigas Luna, a colorful chronicler of sexual and social excess, died April 5 near Tarragona, Spain, after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.

It was typical of Bigas Luna, a largerthan-life bon vivant who soon became a one-man-brand, that when Spain followed up the 1975 death of dictator Francisco Franco with a splurge of tits-and-bums quickies, Bigas Luna's second feature, 1978's Bilbao, played on the new sexual liberties to portray a hen-pecked husband who kidnaps a prostitute to slake his sexual frustrations. …

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