Victor Cifuentes and his 50 years in Colombian television
It is impossible to talk about the history of Colombian television, not to mention names like Victor Cifuentes. Today, already pensioned and dedicated to independent work, he continues to participate in at least one play. It was 1965 and Victor, only 15 years old, began to fulfill his dreams without pause. His first encounter with one of the great loves of his life, the radio, was in the remembered radionovela Caliman next to Gaspar Ospina, one of his personal masters. Victor never imagined that this experience, which still bristles the skin, would be the beginning of an exemplary career that this year turns 50 years.
By the 1970s, television was a tree growing in the country. The artists who were part of the radio productions that fell in love with the Colombians and paralyzed the country, replaced the microphones by the cameras. Una Vida Para Amarte was the novel where Victor debuted as a television actor participated in 60 chapters. The education of his diaphragm and his specialty in dramatic art allowed him to shine on the screen that he shared with other stars of the moment. Apparently, the name of that first production predicted the relationship that would support Victor with his career, to which he has dedicated his life for love.
From the evil of his papers, Victor has only humanity left. His sensitivity has allowed him to find pain and intimate history, even in the most evil of the characters. Professional discipline coupled with that emotional depth that impresses his performances, is the winning combination that have always applauded the directors with whom he has had the opportunity to work.
The maturity of his career was achieved in major productions Margarita Rosa de Francisco, Desert Lovers. Romantic, cheeky, helpful, flirtatious, flamboyant, he finds it all joke, whether on a recording set, a meeting or even, a hospital ward. He is hardworking and overly punctual. He speaks with the same clarity that decades ago and maintains the serious tone of voice that he loved the Colombians in his youth. He hates injustice, is perfectly aware of national politics, and knows the whole history of the country, partly because he has read it judiciously, partly because he has lived it. Listen to radio and news, 24 hours a day.
The new generation of artists demand the loss of respect for art. That no longer requires arduous work for all those who dream of appearing on Colombian television and cinema screens. It misses the radio of the 70 and 80 that cultured radio that demanded the speaker and educated the listener. For Victor, the artist has an inevitable social responsibility, to be a social leader, to set a good example to carry a message of peace to be as disciplined as to be humble and to dedicate himself to his people.
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