Actor, filmmaker and director Jorge Silva Melo died this Monday. He was 73 years old.
The news of his death was revealed to Renaissance by the pianist Nuno Vieira de Almeida, a longtime friend of Jorge Silva Melo, who also shared a post on the social network Instagram.
Sound director Vasco Pimentel also took to Facebook to mourn the death of “a friend”.
“I’m very far away, and I’m feeling a bit short of breath. I’m not really sure where to start doing anything,” he wrote.
Actor, author, director and filmmaker, in addition to being a critic and translator, Jorge Silva Melo was the director of the company Artistas Unidos, which he founded in 1995. Together with Luís Miguel Cintra, he founded, in 1972, the company Cornucópia, where he was until 1979. .
In May of last year, both received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lisbon.
Jorge Silva Melo attended the degree in Romanesque Philology at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon, where he was part of the Grupo de Teatro de Letras.
In 1969 he left for the United Kingdom, where he obtained a degree in Directing at the London Film School.
He is the author of the plays Seis Rapazes Três Raparigas, António, Um Rapaz de Lisboa, O Fim ou Tende Misericórdia de Nós, Prometheus, In a Country Where They Don’t Want to Defend My Rights, Eu Não Quero Viver, based on Kleist, by Não Sei (in collaboration with Miguel Borges) and O Navio dos Negros, and also from the libretto of Le Château des Carpathes, by Philippe Hersant, based on Jules Verne.
He translated works by Carlo Goldoni, Luigi Pirandello, Oscar Wilde, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Büchner, Lovecraft, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Heiner Müller and Harold Pinter.
On April 25, 2004, he was awarded the rank of Commander of the Order of Liberty.
Source from Casa do Artista told Renaissance that the director was hospitalized at Hospital dos Lusíadas, in Lisbon.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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