Domingo di Nubila, a leading authority on Argentine cinema and for 25 years Variety’s local correspondent, died Monday after a long battle against throat cancer. He was 75.
Born in the provincial town of Pergamino in 1924, di Nubila arrived in Buenos Aires at age 19 to join a leading program dedicated to cinema on Radio Belgrano and take up a post on trade paper Heraldo del Cinematografista. He was to become director of the former and subdirector of the latter.
Beginning in the 1950s, he worked as a journalist for the leading TV channels, later assuming responsibility for film programming for several of them. In 1965 he was made Argentine correspondent of Variety, a post he held for a quarter century. The following year he launched his own Spanish-language entertainment trade paper, Gaceta de los Espectaculos.
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He was well-known outside Argentina, both as a journalist and programmer, regularly attending NATPE, Los Angeles screenings and the Cannes Film Festival, among others.
In 1990 he was one of the founding executives of Imagen Satelital, a cable programming company acquired by Venezuela’s Cisneros group in 1997. Despite his declining health, he continued as general manager and programming director of Space, the company’s film channel, until the beginning of the year.
Recognized as a leading authority on local film, he received numerous awards from industry and professional bodies. His book “Historia del cine argentino” has long been the standard textbook in the country’s film schools and was republished last year with a considerably reworked and enlarged first volume.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki.