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El verdugo (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy | 13 March 1964 (Italy)
An undertaker gets married to an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement.

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(as Luis Gª. Berlanga)

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(story) (as Luis Gª Berlanga), (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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José Luis Rodríguez, el enterrador
Emma Penella ...
Carmen, la hija de Amadeo
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Amadeo, el verdugo (as Jose Isbert)
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Antonio Rodríguez, el hermano mayor de José Luis (as Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez)
Ángel Álvarez ...
Álvarez, el enterrador (as Angel Alvarez)
Guido Alberti ...
Director de la prisión
Julia Caba Alba ...
Mujer visitante de la obra nº 2
María Luisa Ponte ...
Estefanía (as Maria Luisa Ponte)
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Ignacia (as Maria Isbert)
Erasmo Pascual ...
San Martín
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Guarda de la obra
José Orjas ...
Marqués (as Jose Orjas)
José María Prada ...
Funcionario de prisiones (as Jose Maria Prada)
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Organista (as Felix Fernandez)
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Funcionario de prisiones
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Storyline

The history starts with the main character (an old executioner in the Spain of early 60's) approaching retirement age. As his profession is not exactly what you could call "popular", he (a very gentle and nice man, caring, and proud of traditions) begins to worry about who might take his place when he retires. He has a daughter, but, unfortunately, she seems doomed to perpetual "spinsterhood": as soon as any prospective groom learns about her dad and her dad's "trade", he runs away from her, scared. A sad life... However, a new character enters: the local undertaker, a handsome and young man who has exactly the same problem... No girl wants him given his profession. So, you have the woman whom almost nobody would marry and the man whom almost nobody would marry. Obviously, they are meant for each other. But here the old executioner has something to say: He does not object to her daughter marrying the young undertaker; he seems a decent man, and all that... But there is a condition: ... Written by Jose Beltran <pepe@prince.pe.u-tokyo.ac.jp>

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Drama | Comedy

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13 March 1964 (Italy)  »

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Not on Your Life  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Voted second best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary. See more »

Quotes

Woman in the book fair: [subtitled version] Have you got something about Bergman or Antonioni...?
Sr. Corcuera, el académico: Bergman... Bergman?
Woman in the book fair: Yes.
Sr. Corcuera, el académico: The actress...?
Woman in the book fair: No, no, it's not the actress...
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References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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El verdugo
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Composed by Adolfo Waitzman
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Masterpiece

Another lesson of Berlanga about how to criticize the society avoiding censorship. "El Verdugo" looks like a comedy, sounds like a comedy, tastes like a comedy... But it is actually a fierce critic of the death penalty. The final sequence of this movie is one of the most brilliant ever (you cannot tell who's the criminal and who's the executioner!!!).

And what to say about the great José Isbert?? He was a character himself, with that voice, and that physique. I don't know if he was a genius, I just can say that there will never be another actor like him.

Berlanga + Azcona: an unbeatable team.

*My rate: 10/10


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