Francisco Rabal (March 8 1926 - August 29 2001), perhaps better known as Paco Rabal, was a Spanish actor born in Ãguilas, a small town in the province of Murcia, Spain.
In 1936, the Spanish Civil War broke out. Rabal and his family left Murcia and moved to Madrid. Young Francisco had to work as a street salesboy and in a chocolate factory. When he was 13 years old, he left school to work as an electrician at Estudios ChamartÃn.
Rabal got some sporadic jobs as an extra. DÃ¡maso Alonso and other people advised him to try his luck with a career in theater.
During the following years, he got some roles in theater companies such as Lope de Vega or MarÃa Guerrero. It was there that he met AsunciÃ³n Balaguer; they married and remained together for life. Their daughter, Teresa Rabal, is also an actor.
In 1947, Rabal got some regular jobs in theater. He used his full name, Francisco Rabal, as stage name. However, the people who knew him always called him Paco Rabal. (Paco is the familiar form...
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Sorcerer is a 1977 film produced and directed by William Friedkin, starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal and Amidou. It is a remake of the 1953 French film Le Salaire de la Peur (Wages of Fear).
Sorcerer is noteworthy for being a major commercial failure following on the heels of Friedkin's highly successful films The French Connection and The Exorcist. The budget was estimated to be over $22 million,  with a gross of just $12 million.  Also notable is the electronic score by Tangerine Dream. This film was a co-production of Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures, with Universal handling U.S. distribution and Paramount handling the international release.
Four criminals on the run, living in an isolated, hellishly poor town in South America, are given a risky but lucrative opportunity to escape their self-imposed exiles by driving a pair of trucks through a grueling 200-mile jungle region, carrying dangerously...
L'eclisse won the Jury Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm).
Viridiana is a 1961 film directed by Luis BuÃ±uel and produced in Spain by Gustavo Alatriste. Along with The Long Absence, it was a winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, but it was banned in Spain for many years.
The film focuses on a young novitiate about to take her vows named Viridiana (Silvia Pinal), who is told by her Mother Superior that she should visit her uncle, Don Jaime (Fernando Rey), her only living relative. After some time on his large country estate, he tries to seduce her, seeing her as resembling his deceased wife. Hearing of his desire to marry her, Viridiana attempts to flee the house immediately, but is subdued by Jaime and drugged with the help of his servant Ramona. He takes her to her room and considers raping her in her sleep, but decides otherwise.
The next morning he tells her that he took her virginity, and says that therefore she cannot return to her convent. By this means he intends to make her wish to stay, but instead she is...,
NazarÃn is a 1959 film by director Luis BuÃ±uel. It won the international prize of the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.
Francisco Rabal was born