San Sebastian to honor Don Siegel

58th edition to host director retrospective

MADRID -- Director Don Siegel will be honored with a showcase of his work at the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday, saying they wanted to look at an outstanding classic moviemaker whose work was not always sufficiently appreciated.

Calling Siegel the "creator of pivotal B-movies such as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," (1956), renovator of detective movies in the 60s and 70s with "The Killers" (1964) and "Dirty Harry" (1971), and mentor to Clint Eastwood as an actor and director," the festival said it will focus its classic retrospective on his work.

Born in Chicago in 1912, Siegel directed more than 60 movies, including "The Big Steal" (1949), the western "The Duel at Silver Creek" (1952) and, one of the key titles in the arena of political, scientific and extraterrestrial paranoia: "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956).

Siegel, who died in California in 1991, also directed "Escape of Alcatraz," (1979), the last movie to start John Wayne "The Shootist" (1976) and "Jinxed" (1982).

San Sebastian runs in Spain's northern Basque region Sept. 17-25 this year.