8:20 PMPERSONALITIES IN CASTILLA LA MANCAHA- SPAIN
It is difficult to choose just a personality to talk about in our community. We have chosen three personalities, the first one from our region, Castilla La Mancha, the well-known film director Pedro Almodóvar. Then, we will talk about a famous writer from the city of Toledo, Garcilaso de la Vega, who wrote his wonderful poems and elegies in the century. And to finish we will give information about an athlete who was born in our town and who is the pride of this locality, José Luis González.
Pedro Almodóvar Caballero was born on the 24th September 1949, in Calzada de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, a province of Castilla- La Mancha. He’s Spanish a film director, screenwriter, and producer. He’s well known in the entire world because of his flamboyant and brilliant films. He is an awarded artist in Spain as well as internationally. During his childhood he lived in Ciudad Real, Cáceres and Huesca. When he was 31 he moved to Madrid to study cinematography but he couldn´t finish his studies because the cinema school closed. He had a lot of jobs until he got a job in Telefonica and while he was working there, he met a lot of important people from the cinema( for example the actress Carmen Maura) who helped him to start his career as director. Although his first film was ‘’Pepi, Lucy, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap’’, the first one which made him famous was ‘’What Have I Done to Deserve This?’’ in 1984. His film "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” in 1988 was his first international contact because it was nominated for the Oscar as the best foreign film. And in 1999, Pedro won his first Oscar for the best foreign film with "All About My Mother”. Since he won the Oscar his career as director improved because he met important actors that were interested in him like Penelope Cruz. During his professional career, he has won a lot of prizes such as: · Two Oscars · Two Golden Globe Awards · Five BAFTA prizes · Six Goya He stood out because of his unusual films. These films are very different from the rest because they are difficult to understand but they meaningful and they have very good plots. He expresses his strange personality through his films. Some of his most famous films are: · "Talk to Her” · "Volver” · "Broken Embraces” · "All About My Mother” · "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” · "The Skin I Live In” Nowadays Pedro has a lot of Almodóvar girls like Carmen Maura, Penélope Cruz...etc. And there is some very famous actresses, like Angelina Jolie, who want to become Almodóvar girls.
Garcilaso de la Vega
Garcilaso de la Vega (1501? – 1536), renaissance Spanish poet, was born in Toledo, in a noble Castilian family. He participated in the political intrigue from Castilla since he was young. In 1510 he entered in the court of the emperor Carlos I and took part in many politic and military battles. In 1530, Garcilaso moved to Bologne with Carlos I. He stayed there for a year, until he was exiled to Schut island, by the Danube, and then to Naples, where he lived since that moment. Injured of death in combat, during the assault to the Muy’s fortress, in Provenza, Garcilaso was moved to Nice, where he died. He got married with Elena de Zúñiga in 1525, but, he didn’t get the happiness. Many of his compositions reflect Garcilaso’s love for a Portuguese woman, Isabel Freyre, who the poet met in 1526. She died in 1533 and this affected him deeply. The 40 sonnets and 3 pastoral eclogues that he wrote are about the dilemma between passion and reason, using natural landscapes as a symbol of his feelings. He also wrote five songs, two elegies, one elegy to Boscán and three Latin odes, inspired in the Horacian and Virgilian forms. The most important theme of his poetry is the regret for the rejection or the death of his lover. He used themes such us metric forms, resources and existing genres in the literary tradition.
JOSÉ LUIS GONZÁLEZ
José Luis González Sánchez was born on December 8, 1957 in Villaluenga de la Sagra, Toledo. He was one of the world's fastest 1500 metres runners of the 1980s and he is considered one of the most famous Spanish athletes. He started to excel in the mid-1970s, winning his first 1,500 meters championship in Spain in 1976. He participated in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where he reached the semifinals. His first international success was the gold medal at the European Championships in Milan Indoor 1982, where he defeated another Spanish athlete, José Manuel Abascal. At the World Championships in Helsinki outdoor 1983, he was disappointed at not qualifying for the finals by just one second. He also failed the following year at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984 where, suffering from physical problems, was eliminated in the first round of their test with a poor mark. Later his luck changed. His best season came in 1985. In the indoor season in Athens he won his second European title for the 1,500 meters and he was the 2nd in the World Championships in Paris.
In the European Championships in Stuttgart Outdoor 1986 he was sure that he will win a gold medal, but he only received the 4th place. After three European titles in the 1,500 meters indoors, in Liévin 1987, he decided to try the great distance of 3,000 meters, and he luckily managed a great victory. At the World Championships in Rome 1987 he finally achieved the silver medal in 1,500 meters. It was the first medal at a test track for Spain, since previously only marchers had won medals. After that, in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, he was injured before this appointment and his options to win disappeared. His last international success was a bronze medal in the 3,000 meters in the European Championships in Genoa Indoor 1992. At the age of 35, he participated in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but he was eliminated in the first round of the 1,500 meters. In addition to his international successes, he was proclaimed champion of Spain of 1,500 meters four times (1976, 1979, 1980 and 1986). In recent years he has worked as a sports commentator on TV.
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