Top movie director Danny Zialcita dies at 71

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Award-winning film director Danny Zialcita, who gave rise to the so-called "glossy movies" in Philippine cinema during the 70s and 80s dies of health problems at the age of 71.


Top movie director Danny Zialcita dies at 71


His genre, which dealt mostly of the problems of upper-class Filipinos, were considered the industry's best during his time.

In the entertainment network news of ABS-CBN, it said Zialcita who was given a special honorary award by movie channel Cinema One during the Cinema One Originals Film Festival in 2009, has not made a movie since 1987’s “Bakit Nag-iisa ang Pag-ibig,” with Gabby Concepcion and Snooky Serna.

Despite his long absence, cineastes mourned his passing on Tuesday as word spread about the death of the reclusive director.

“It is with much sadness that we share with everyone the passing of Direk Danny Zialcita. Our deepest condolences to his wife Leonor, his daughter Beth, and the rest of the Zialcita family. His remains, we are told, have been cremated yesterday. We will try to post details of his wake as soon as we get the details. Prayers for his eternal repose,” a Facebook fan page dedicated to the director posted early on Tuesday.

Zialcita directed his firm movie in 1965 with “Lady Killer” with Romano Castellvi. Three years later he directed the action film “Palos Strikes Again” with Bernard Bonnin. He also dabbled in so-called “bomba” flicks s in the early ‘70s, like “Hidhid” with sexy star Rosanna Ortiz.

But Zialcita is best known for his movies in the late-‘70s and early ‘80s, many starring actress Vilma Santos including such award-winning hits like “Langis at Tubig,” “Karma,” “T-bird at Ako” and “Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan,” which many critics consider his best work.

He also directed Sharon Cuneta’s debut movie “Dear Heart” in 1981, as well as the Martin Nievera-Pops Fernandez starrer “Always and Forever” in 1986.





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