Full name: René Cardona Andre
Place of birth: Havana, Cuba
Date of birth: 8 October 1906
Date of death: February 5, 2003
Director, actor, producer, screenwriter, script writer and editor. He was born in Havana, Cuba, October 8, 1905. In 1926 he emigrated with his family to the united States for political reasons during the dictatorship of Machado. When I get to New York (…) my family had to face a difficult economic situation, which prevented me from continuing with my studies in medicine and forced me to look for work.
He did some secondary roles in american films, and in 1929 he produced and starred in New York, in the Shadows of havana. He also had the opportunity to develop in a number of positions such as second assistant, technical advisor and first assistant director; he learned film technique and lighting, in addition to that, by working extra I started to have knowledge, improving the quality of my work little by Little I was learning and I even had the opportunity to conduct studies on cinema.
Following the arrival of sound films, Rene Cardona traveled to Mexico with the theater company of Ernesto Vilchis. This company was formed because many actors latinos had problems with the pronunciation.He made his debut as an actor in mexican cinema in 1932 in the film hand-in-Hand. He acted in over 150 films in mexico, as Jesusita in Chihuahua (1942), marked Cards (1946) and Also pain is sung (1950). The knowledge that I had on film allowed him to dabble in the middle of a full and in 1937 he debuted as a director with Don Juan Tenorio.
From 1937 to 1986, he directed over one hundred films. In 1938 he produced Earth brava, in locations in Oaxaca, and Veracruz. To purpose of that tape, the journalist Hugo of the Sea commented: here We are, back from the ever-heroic Veracruz, after having seen the film, first in the lands of oaxaca in Tuxtepec, and later in the port jarocho, precisely in the English Park —so-called we do not know why, because there is nothing british, a few scenes of Earth brava, film Producciones Grovas, directed by René Cardona, and that is interpreted by a cast of summit are made of a film of positive merit, that will give much that to say.
Months after it premiered at the Cinema Palace, located on avenida Cinco de Mayo, with flattering success, having loved greatly huapangos authentic danced by natives of the coast of veracruz and the songs played Rafael Falcon and Lorenzo Barcelata; but if the scenes dance were the delight were no less comic situations in that Corner, Don Catarino and Joaquín Pardavé had the respectable in constant hilarity. A film in short, to forget about the drama of everyday life, and with tasty tropical atmosphere and music of great strength blockbuster.In the fifties, Cardona Andre made two films aimed at children in the audience: Tom thumb (1957) which was awarded the first Prize at the Venice film Festival in 1958, by the special effects; and Santa Claus (1959).
During the seventies, encouraged by the business acumen of his son, filmed several movies cut tremendista. Of his work as director Cardona Andre’s comments: the director has forged the idea, to help the adaptation, choose the cast; it’s like modeling a sculpture, although there are times that the actor is not as ductile, and this makes that the results are not satisfactory to all. (René Cardona, a pioneer of our film, you will receive a Herald in recognition of your valuable contribution.
He was producer of tapes of great international success as the island of The single men (1973) and the Survivors of the Andes (1975). Retired from film directing, he acted in some of the tapes filmed by his son, Rene Cardona Zechariah as The house that burns night (1985) and in the telenovela Rosa salvaje.
The tapes most filled him with satisfaction were: The peñón de las ánimas (1942) in which he acted at the side of Jorge Negrete and María Félix; Don Juan Tenorio, Zindy, the child of the swamps in this last act of his grandson, as well as There in the Rancho Grande and The little Robin Hood.On the other hand considered The argument that is the cornerstone of any film and without him there is nothing you can do the good stories to improve the work of acting and direction.
He was honored in life by the Cineteca Nacional on December 15, 1986, and received of The Herald of Mexico in recognition of his 52 years of work in film that same year.
A founding member of the National Association of Actors. He died in Mexico City on April 25, 1988. After the death of the filmmaker, his wife said: Few know that he was holding (Cardona André) several orphanages. Providing help to charities and liked to provide protection for homeless minors.