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Spanish filmmaker Luis Garcia Berlanga dies

November 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Spanish filmmaker Luis Garcia Berlanga died Saturday after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He was 89.Berlanga was credited with helping to revive Spain's movie industry after its civil war.

The filmmaker made his first feature film in 1951. Berlanga made "Esa Pareja Feliz" (That Happy Couple) in collaboration with Juan Antonio Bardem, father of Hollywood actor Javier Bardem.

Berlanga's 1953 film "Bienvenido, Mister Marshall" explored Spain's hopes that the United States would help restore democracy and prosperity as it had in much of Europe after World War II.

Fifty years after filming "Bienvenido Mister Marshall," Berlanga sat behind a camera for the last time, to film a 10-minute sequence called "El sueno de la maestra" ("Teacher's Dream"), which had originally been planned for inclusion in the movie but had been banned by the censors.

Berlanga is survived by a son, Fernando.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.