After completing his photographic training in 1941, Merino Rodriguez began working as a camera intern at the La rueda de la vida production. By the end of the decade he had achieved the position of second cameraman (debut in 1949 with Julien Duvivier's The Black Jack ).
In 1955, Manuel Merino began working as a chief cameraman. Since then he has photographed a large number of artistically not exactly significant entertainment films, including various westerns, dramas, comedies, agent and science fiction films. He became internationally known through his intensive collaboration with the British producer Harry Alan Towers and the Spanish B-director Jesús Franco Manera , whose productions Merino regularly photographed between 1968 and 1971. During this time of the European co-productions, Merino photographed various sadomasochistic, prominent horror and exploitation films interspersed with numerous nudities.
With Franco Manera's departure from Spain to France and Switzerland (1972) the two paths parted. Merino also worked occasionally for Spanish television towards the end of his career, before retiring into private life in 1984 with the agent comedy Una espia enamorada .
- Kay Less : The film's great personal dictionary . The actors, directors, cameramen, producers, composers, screenwriters, film architects, outfitters, costume designers, editors, sound engineers, make-up artists and special effects designers of the 20th century. Volume 5: L - N. Rudolf Lettinger - Lloyd Nolan. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-340-3 , p. 406.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Merino Rodriguez, Manuel (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||spanish cameraman|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 9, 1918|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Madrid , Spain|
|DATE OF DEATH||2001|