El verdugo

El verdugo


DVD - 2016 | Spanish
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A macabre farce about an undertaker who marries an executioner's daughter and reluctantly takes over her father's job so the family can keep their government allotted apartment.


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Sep 21, 2017

Considered a masterpiece of Spanish cinema, this 1963 film has been hard to see in the States until Criterion put it out on DVD. It's both a very dark comedy and a critique of the death penalty. A likable, but somewhat hapless undertaker marries an elderly executioner's daughter (Spain at the time used the garotte for executions.) and then inherits in his job in order to keep their new apartment. While it has its comic moments, especially in the domestic scenes, it also has a relentless pace and a pungent satiric spirit. A great find for fans of foreign cinema. Directed by Luis Garcia Berlanga. The extras include a short documentary and an interview with Pedro Almodovar, who is a big fan of the film.


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