Gilberto Martinez Solares

Filmmaker

One of Mexico’s most prolific filmmakers, Gilberto Martinez Solares, died of a heart attack in Mexico City over the weekend of Jan. 17. He was 90.

“This is an irreplaceable and painful loss for Mexico, for its cinema and in particular for me because Gilberto and I were like brothers,” filmmaker Gabriel Figueroa said.

Martinez’s career began in 1935 when he worked as a cameraman on the film “Rosario.” Three years later, he directed his first full-length feature, “El senor alcalde” (Mr. Mayor).

He directed 150 films and contributed to the rapid growth of Mexico’s domestic film industry during its golden age in the 1940s and ’50s.

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