I recently learned that director Emilio Vieyra passed away on January 25th at age 89 thanks to a tribute to the director written by Robert Monell for his blog.
As Robert pointed out, Emilio Vieyra was often referred to as the “Roger Corman of Argentina” because he also produced and wrote his own films but unfortunately Vieyra is not very well known outside of Latin America. I’ve only had the opportunity to see three of the directors movies myself (Blood of the Virgins aka Sangre de vírgenes; 1967, The Curious Dr. Humpp aka La venganza del sexo (1969) and Feast of Flesh aka Placer Sangriento; 1967) but I’ve wanted to write something about his work for a long time. His low-budget horror films stand-out from his contemporaries due to their surreal atmosphere, impressive cinematography and creative use of sound. There’s something mesmerizing about Emilio Vieyra’s work that is almost intangible but once you’ve seen an Emilio Vieyra’s film you never forget it.
Here’s a set of still shots from his film Feast of Flesh that I took a few years ago and had in my Cinebeats Flickr Gallery. Today seems like an appropriate time to share them. They’re beautiful frames and show off Emilio Vieyra’s obvious talent for composition and lighting. Besides directing, writing, producing and acting in his own films, Emilio Vieyra was also responsible for the production design in Feast of Flesh and that could be why it’s my favorite Vieyra film.