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Leopoldo Torre Nilsson

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Leopoldo Torre Nilsson (5 May 1924 8 September 1978), also known as Leo Towers and by his nickname Babsy, was an Argentine film director, producer and screenwriter.

Torre Nilsson was born in Buenos Aires, the son of pioneer film director Leopoldo Torres Rios, with whom he collaborated between 1939 and 1949. He debuted in 1947 with the short El muro. His first full-length film was El crimen de Oribe (1950), an adaptation of Adolfo Bioy Casares's novel El perjurio de la nieve. In 1954 he directed Dias de odio, based on Jorge Luis Borges's short story Emma Zunz. He also directed films about icons of Argentine history and culture: Martin Fierro (1968), about the main character of Argentina's national poem; El santo de la espada (1970), about General Jose de San Martin; and Guemes, la tierra en armas (1971), about Martin Miguel de Guemes.

Torre Nilsson was married to writer Beatriz Guido, whose work served as inspiration and who worked alongside him in many of his scripts. He is acknowledged as the first Argentine film director to be critically acclaimed outside the country, making Argentina's film production known in important international festivals. He died of cancer in 1978, at the age of 54.

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