KINKIXPLOITATION: JOSÉ ANTONIO DE LA LOMA: FATHER OF QUINQUI! (1924-2004)
By Elena Anele (*)
José Antonio de la Loma is one of the most prolific Kinkixploitation directors. During his university years he funded a theatrical company called El Corral together with Juan Germán Shroeder, but before becoming a filmmaker he worked as a teacher in a primary school in Barcelona, his hometown.
He started working as a director shooting some Spaghetti westerns in the 60s but what he really wanted was to show the Spanish reality, especially the urban one from the sunburns of the capital cities, how youngsters living there face life and death. This is how he started what was call today: cine quinqui.
He used non professional actors, boys and girls coming from those low-class areas, who suffered from the same threats and dangers as the ones in his movies. This is the case of Juan José Moreno Cuenca (YO, EL VAQUILLA) and Ángel Fernández Franco (PERROS CALLEJEROS).
He directed several kinkiploitation movies but his most popular ones are:
PERROS CALLEJEROS (1977)
It tells the story of a famous quinqui: El Torete, a teenager who makes his living mugging, pick pocking, robbing banks… He gets into trouble after “falling in love” with a gypsy girl whose family will look for revenge.
PERROS CALLEJEROS II: BUSCA Y CAPTURA (1979)
In this case we are dealing with a work of metafiction. José Antonio de la Loma goes one step beyond and tells the story of the actor who played the lead role in his previous film. He is also a quinqui always in trouble. The amazing thing is that the director is one of the characters of the story, the one who will try to safe his life.
LOS ÚLTIMOS GOLPES DEL TORETE (1980)
The director returns to his first quinqui love and tells more of his adventures.
YO, “EL VAQUILLA” (1985)
Fascinated by the legend he José Antonio de la Loma tells the story of El Vaquilla, who was previously introduce to the audience in PERROS CALLEJEROS, one of the most famous quinquis of all times.
PERRAS CALLEJERAS (1985)
A failed attempt to make the female version of PERROS CALLEJEROS as he was telling the story of Cristal, Berta and Sole.
Elena Anele is the woman in charge of SPANISHFEAR.COM, Horror Rises from Spain and Un Fan de Paul Naschy . A literature and cinema researcher, finishing her postgraduate studies with a thesis about the mystic filmmaker José Val del Omar. She has published in different media and books as Fangoria or Hidden Horror. She has also been in charge of several translations including Javier Trujillo’s complete works, La Mano Film Fest, The Man who Saw Frankenstein Cry and many more.