The Executioner

75
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 1964
  • Running time: 87 min
This masterpiece of black humor, beloved in Spain but too little seen elsewhere, threads a scathing critique of Franco-era values through a macabre farce about an undertaker who marries an executioner’s daughter and reluctantly takes over her father’s... read more
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This masterpiece of black humor, beloved in Spain but too little seen elsewhere, threads a scathing critique of Franco-era values through 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. As caustic today as it was in 1963, this early collaboration between Luis García Berlanga and his longtime screenwriter Rafael Azcona is an unerring depiction of what Berlanga called “the invisible traps that society sets up for us.” A furiously funny personal attack on capital punishment, The Executioner evaded the state censors who sought to suppress it, and today is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish films of all time.

Original Release

02/17/1964

US Release

03/29/1965

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Cast

Nino Manfredi José Luis Rodríguez, el enterrador
José Isbert Amadeo, el verdugo
Emma Penella Carmen, la hija de Amadeo
Guido Alberti Director de la prisión
María Luisa Ponte Estefanía / Estefanía, esposa de Antonio
María Isbert Ignacia, esposa de Álvarez / Ignacia
José Luis López Vázquez Antonio Rodríguez, el hermano mayor de José Luis
Erasmo Pascual San Martín
Xan das Bolas Guarda de la obra
José Orjas Marqués
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Luis García Berlanga

Writers

Ennio Flaiano, Rafael Azcona, Luis García Berlanga

Cast

Nino Manfredi José Luis Rodríguez, el enterrador
José Isbert Amadeo, el verdugo
Emma Penella Carmen, la hija de Amadeo
Guido Alberti Director de la prisión
María Luisa Ponte Estefanía / Estefanía, esposa de Antonio
María Isbert Ignacia, esposa de Álvarez / Ignacia
José Luis López Vázquez Antonio Rodríguez, el hermano mayor de José Luis
Erasmo Pascual San Martín
Xan das Bolas Guarda de la obra
José Orjas Marqués
Félix Fernández Organista
Antonio Ferrandis Funcionario de prisiones
Santiago Ontañón Sr. Corcuera, el académico
Alfredo Landa Sacristán
José Sazatornil Administrador
Sergio Mendizábal Acompañante del marqués
José Luis Coll Cantor
Valentín Tornos Vendedor de libros
Antonio Alfonso Vidal Doctor de la prisión
Emilio Alonso Padre de la viuda en aeropuerto

Producers

Nazario Belmar Executive Producer
Moris Ergas Producer

Editors

Alfonso Santacana

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