Learn more about Puerto Rican Film. Puerto Rican cinema began when invading American soldiers recorded images of their new surroundings in 1898.
Puerto Rican cinema began when invading American soldiers recorded images of their new surroundings in 1898, and hasn't looked back since. Thanks to a host of Puerto Rican actors who have made it in Hollywood, plus the increasing Latin American influence on Puerto Rican movies, the industry continues to develop.
Early Puerto Rican cinema was very factual, and it wasn't until 1912 the first non-documentary film was made; Rafael Colorado D'Assoy broke the mold with Un drama en Puerto Rico. Colorado joined with Antonio Capella Matinez to create the Film Industrial Society of Puerto Rico in 1916, and in 1934 the first Puerto Rican film with sound was made by Juan Emilio Viguie Cajas, called Por la hembra y el gallo.
The United States has made a number of pictures in Puerto Rico (many due to the embargo with Cuba), such as the recent The Rum Diary with Jonny Depp, and Woody Allen's Bananas in 1971. Many Puerto Rican films have been made in collaboration with other Latin American countries, like 2004's Voces Innocentes, which was produced with Mexico.
There are several famous Puerto Ricans who have made a name for themselves and their country in the film business, such as Benecio del Toro and Joaquin Phoenix, both of whom are Oscar nominated actors. Notable Puerto Rican actresses include Jennifer Lopez and Irene Cruz.