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Jose A. Ferreyra Biography

     
   

Jose A Ferreyra (1889-1943)

The Argentinean writer, director and producer Jose A. Ferreyra was born on 28th August 1889 in Buenos Aires.   He was the son of an Afro-Argentinean woman descended from slaves, which earned him the nickname of Negro Ferreyra (Black Ferreyra).   Despite his modest ancestry, Ferreyra enjoyed a good education at the best schools.   He began his career in films as a painter and set designer, but in 1915 quickly graduated to the rank of writer and director with Una noche de garufa, a film inspired by Eduardo Arolas tango.   Ferreyras debut effort would in many ways lay down the template of many of his subsequent movies.  His silent films were usually based in the suburbs and built around or expanded upon - stories taken from popular tangos.   While a tango provided the inspiration for Una noche de garufa, Ferreyras next film, El Tango de la Muerte, was based entirely on a tango.   Ferreyra also wrote lyrics for tangos which he would then use as themes for his films, although he usually worked without a script, choosing instead to develop the movies plot during filming. 

Together with Leopoldo Torres Rios, Ferreyra was one of only two Argentinean directors to successfully make the transition to sound, and in fact showed his willingness to embrace the new technology as early as 1922 when he attempted to screen Muchacha del Arrabal with synchronised sound.   When he found this impossible he enlisted the support of Robert Firpos tango orchestra to provide the music while his wife (and leading lady), actress Maria Turgenova sang the musical theme for each person on screen at the films premiere.

After producing Perdón, viejita in 1927, Ferreyra embarked on a tour with Turgenova in an attempt to obtain wider distribution for his movies.   Although he made some sales to exhibitors in Spain, the trip was something of a disaster, leaving Ferreyra facing financial ruin by the time he was persuaded to return to Argentina in 1930.   He continued to make films until the early 40s before succumbing to throat cancer on 29th January 1943.

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Jose A. Ferreyra Filmography

     
     
  1941  
     
   

La mujer y la selva (The Woman and the Jungle) (director) [ADD]

     
     
  1940  
     
   

Pájaros sin nido (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1939  
     
   

Chimbela (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1938  
     
   

La que no perdonó (director) (writer) [ADD]

La ley que olvidaron (The Law They Forgot) (director) [ADD]

     
     
  1937  
     
    Besos Brujos (1937)
     
   

Besos brujos (Bewitching Kisses) (director) (writer) [ADD]

Muchachos de la ciudad (director) (writer) [ADD]

Sol de primavera (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1936  
     
   

Ayúdame a vivir (Help Me to Live) (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1935  
     
   

Puente Alsina (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1934  
 
   

Mañana es domingo (Tomorrow is Sunday) (director) (writer) [ADD] 

Calles de Buenos Aires (Streets of Buenos Aires) (director) (writer) (producer) (composer: theme music) [ADD]

     
     
  1932  
     
   

Rapsodia gaucha (Gaucho Rhapsody) (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
   
  1931
   
   

Muñequitas porteñas (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1930  
     
   

El cantar de mi ciudad (The Song of My Heart) (director) (writer) [ADD]

La canción del gaucho (The Gaucho’s Song) (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1927  
     
   

Perdón, viejita (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1926  
     
   

Muchachita de Chiclana (director) (writer) (producer) [ADD]

La vuelta al Bulín (director) (writer) [ADD]

La costurerita que dio aquel mal paso (director) (production designer) [ADD]

     
     
  1925  
     
   

Mi último tango (My Last Tango) (director) (writer) [ADD]

El organito de la tarde (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1924  
     
   

El arriero de Yacanto (The Mule Driver of Yacanto) (director) (writer) [ADD]

Mientras Buenos Aires duerme (While Buenos Aires Sleeps) (writer) (director) (producer) [ADD]

Odio serrano (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1923  
     
   

La leyenda del puente inca (The Legend of the Incan Bridge) (director) (writer) [ADD]

Melenita de oro (director) (writer) [ADD]

Corazón de criolla (Heart of a Creole) (director) (writer) [ADD]

La maleva (director) (writer) [ADD]

     
     
  1922  
     
   

La chica de la calle Florida (director) (writer) [ADD]

La muchacha del arrabal (director) (writer) [ADD]

Buenos Aires, ciudad de ensueño (director) (writer) (production designer) [ADD]

     
     
  1921  
     
   

La gaucha (director) (writer) (producer) (production designer) [ADD]

     
     
  1920  
     
   

Palomas rubias (director) (production designer) [ADD]

     
     
  1919  
     
   

De vuelta al pago (director) (writer) (production designer) [ADD]

Campo ajuera (director) (writer) (production designer) [ADD]

     
     
  1917  
     
   

El tango de la muerte (director) (writer) (production designer) [ADD]

Venganza gaucha (Gaucho Vengeance) (director) (writer) (production designer) [ADD]

     
     
  1916  
     
   

La fuga de Raquel (Raquel’s Escape) (director) (writer) (production designer) [ADD]

La isla misteriosa (The Mysterious Island) (director) [ADD]

     
     
  1915  
     
   

Una noche de garufa (director) (writer) (production designer) (actor) [ADD]

     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

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