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Luis Valdez est un Acteur, Réalisateur et Scénariste Américain né le 26 juin 1940 à Delano (Etats-Unis)

Luis Valdez

Luis Valdez
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Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 26 juin 1940 (79 ans) à Delano (Etats-Unis)

Luis Valdez est un réalisateur et dramaturge américain, né le 26 juin 1940 à Delano (Californie).

Biographie

Early life
Luis Valdez was born in Delano, California to migrant farm worker parents. The second of ten children in his family, Valdez began to work in the fields at the age of six. One of his brothers is the actor Daniel Valdez. Throughout his childhood, the family moved from harvest to harvest around the central valleys of California. Due to this peripatetic existence, he attended many different schools before the family finally settled in San Jose, California.


Education
Valdez began school in Stratlord, California. His interest in theatre began in the first grade. Throughout grammar school, Valdez organized plays at school and put on puppet shows in his garage, which, he recalls, were usually about fairy tales. In high school, Valdez was part of the Speech and Drama department and acted in several plays. He described himself as "a very serious student." Valdez graduated from James Lick High School in San Jose and went on to attend San Jose State University (SJSU) on a scholarship for math and physics. During his second year of college, he switched his major to English. While in college, Valdez won a playwriting contest with his one-act play The Theft in 1961. Two years later, in 1963, Valdez's first full-length play, The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa, was produced by the drama department and debuted at SJSU.


Early Career: El Teatro Campesino
After graduation, Valdez spent the next few months with The San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he was introduced to agitprop theatre and Italian commedia dell'arte. These two techniques greatly influenced Valdez's development of the basic structure of Chicano theatre: the one-act presentational acto (act).

In 1965, Valdez returned to Delano, where he enlisted in Cesar Chavez's mission to organize farm workers into a comprehensive union. Valdez brought together farm workers and students to form El Teatro Campesino, a farm worker's theater troupe. El Teatro was known for touring migrant camps with their actos, one-act plays, which were usually around fifteen minutes long. The plays were used to educate and inform not only the farm workers, but also the public. Valdez believed that humor was a major asset to his plays in El Teatro Campesino as it was a tool to lift the morale of strikers. Social and political commentary were intertwined within the humor to accomplish the goals of El Teatro Campesino. Original plays of El Teatro were based on the experiences of farm workers, but by 1967 their subject matter expanded to other aspects of Chicano culture. Although Valdez left El Teatro in 1967, his legacy lived on. Thanks in large part to Valdez and El Teatro Campesino, the 1970s saw an explosion of Chicano theater. Theater groups sprang up with surprising speed on college campuses and in communities throughout the United States. What began as a farm workers' theater in the migrant camps of Delano flooded into a national Chicano theater movement.


Later career
In 1967, Valdez established a Chicano cultural center in Del Ray, California. In 1969 he moved both theater and cultural center to Fresno, where they remained for two years. While in Fresno, Valdez taught at Fresno State College and created TENAZ, the national Chicano theater organization, which was composed of many with theatre groups throughout the Southwest. Valdez moved the theater a final time in 1971, to San Juan Bautista, south of San Francisco. Combined now with the cultural center, it was called El Centro Campesino Cultural, and it became a fully professional production company.

Luis Valdez is a founding faculty member and director (c. 1994) of the California State University, Monterey Bay Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department. He is credited with assisting in the development of a university program that prepares students in the entertainment industry: filmmaking, writing, sound, cinematography, and the like.

Ses meilleurs films

La Bamba (1987)
(Réalisateur)

Le plus souvent avec

Daniel Valdez
Daniel Valdez
(2 films)
Lee Unkrich
Lee Unkrich
(1 films)
Cheech Marin
Cheech Marin
(2 films)
Rick Dees
Rick Dees
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmographie de Luis Valdez (8 films)

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Acteur

Coco
Coco (2017)
, 1h45
Réalisé par Lee Unkrich
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Fantasy, Aventure, Animation
Thèmes Films pour enfants
Acteurs Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Edward James Olmos, Gabriel Iglesias
Rôle Tío Berto Rivera
Note83% 4.1968554.1968554.1968554.1968554.196855
Miguel, un jeune Mexicain de 12 ans vivant avec sa famille dans une zone rurale du Mexique, résout un mystère générationnel lié à sa famille en déclenchant une série d'événements qui donnera lieu à une réunion de famille, entre défunts et vivants. L'action se déroule lors du traditionnel Jour des morts.
Which Way Is Up?, 1h34
Réalisé par Michael Schultz
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Lonette McKee, Richard Pryor, Margaret Avery, Morgan Woodward, Tim Thomerson, Dolph Sweet
Note63% 3.1980253.1980253.1980253.1980253.198025
When he falls into a union action by mistake, Leroy Jones is laid off from his job picking oranges. The only option given to find work to provide for his wife Annie Mae, their kids and his father Rufus is to leave them behind and go to Los Angeles, where more jobs are available. While he is away, Leroy becomes smitten with Vanetta, a beautiful labor activist. When he returns home, he has to juggle his wife, his new romance with Vanetta and his new job, meanwhile, the Rev. Lenox Thomas is not only watching out for Leroy's wife, nope

Réalisateur

The Cisco Kid, 1h31
Réalisé par Luis Valdez
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Western
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Jimmy Smits, Ron Perlman, Cheech Marin, Bruce Payne, Pedro Armendáriz (fils), Sadie Frost

The Cisco Kid and his English sidekick Pancho were used to riding around Mexico and dealing with injustice. In this film they inspire Mexican peasants to oust settlers from the Second French Empire.
La Bamba
La Bamba (1987)
, 1h48
Réalisé par Luis Valdez
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Biographie, Comédie musicale, Musical
Thèmes La musique, Musique
Acteurs Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle von Zerneck, Joe Pantoliano
Note68% 3.4497453.4497453.4497453.4497453.449745
Évocation de la carrière d'un jeune rocker, Ricardo Valenzuela (plus connu sous le nom de Ritchie Valens) qui disparut à l'âge de dix-sept ans dans un accident d'avion. La Bamba n'illustre pas seulement la carrière d'un musicien exceptionnel. Il raconte aussi l'histoire d'une famille et celle d'une idylle.
Chicanos Story, 1h43
Réalisé par Luis Valdez
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Musical
Thèmes La musique, Musique, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs Edward James Olmos, Daniel Valdez, Tyne Daly, Charles Aidman, John Anderson, Mike Gomez

In Zoot Suit, Luis Valdez weaves a story involving the real-life events of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial — when a group of young Mexican-Americans were charged with murder — and the Zoot Suit Riots. In the play, Henry Reyna (inspired by real-life defendant Hank Leyvas) is a pachuco gangster and his gang, who were unfairly prosecuted, are thrown in jail for a murder they did not commit. The play is set in the barrios of Los Angeles in the early 1940s against the backdrop of the Zoot Suit Riots and World War II. As in the play, Edward James Olmos portrays El Pachuco, an idealized Zoot Suiter, who functions as narrator throughout the story and serves as Henry's conscience.
I Am Joaquin, 20minutes
Réalisé par Luis Valdez
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Documentaire
Note62% 3.1424153.1424153.1424153.1424153.142415

Scénariste

The Cisco Kid, 1h31
Réalisé par Luis Valdez
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Western
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Jimmy Smits, Ron Perlman, Cheech Marin, Bruce Payne, Pedro Armendáriz (fils), Sadie Frost

The Cisco Kid and his English sidekick Pancho were used to riding around Mexico and dealing with injustice. In this film they inspire Mexican peasants to oust settlers from the Second French Empire.
La Bamba
La Bamba (1987)
, 1h48
Réalisé par Luis Valdez
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Biographie, Comédie musicale, Musical
Thèmes La musique, Musique
Acteurs Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña, Danielle von Zerneck, Joe Pantoliano
Rôle Ecrivain
Note68% 3.4497453.4497453.4497453.4497453.449745
Évocation de la carrière d'un jeune rocker, Ricardo Valenzuela (plus connu sous le nom de Ritchie Valens) qui disparut à l'âge de dix-sept ans dans un accident d'avion. La Bamba n'illustre pas seulement la carrière d'un musicien exceptionnel. Il raconte aussi l'histoire d'une famille et celle d'une idylle.
Chicanos Story, 1h43
Réalisé par Luis Valdez
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Musical
Thèmes La musique, Musique, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs Edward James Olmos, Daniel Valdez, Tyne Daly, Charles Aidman, John Anderson, Mike Gomez
Rôle Ecrivain

In Zoot Suit, Luis Valdez weaves a story involving the real-life events of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial — when a group of young Mexican-Americans were charged with murder — and the Zoot Suit Riots. In the play, Henry Reyna (inspired by real-life defendant Hank Leyvas) is a pachuco gangster and his gang, who were unfairly prosecuted, are thrown in jail for a murder they did not commit. The play is set in the barrios of Los Angeles in the early 1940s against the backdrop of the Zoot Suit Riots and World War II. As in the play, Edward James Olmos portrays El Pachuco, an idealized Zoot Suiter, who functions as narrator throughout the story and serves as Henry's conscience.