Dienstag, 13. März 2012

El Verdugo / The Executioner (Berlanga, 1963) #TSPDT #277

A young undertaker falls in love with the daughter of the official executioner.

This was quite the discovery - incredibly funny and nicely paced. I enjoyed this movie from beginning to end. There is a tendency that everybody talks at the same time, which made it sometimes very hard to follow what they were saying. But mostly, the scenes were so hilarious that it was more than enough just to grab the snippets of the conversation - and one could still understand really well what was going on. I haven't seen this kind of comedy in newer films, I wonder why - maybe Curb your enthusiasm is coming close sometimes.

The political tones, although still present and discernible, have faded a bit in the passing of time and Spain being a democracy now. Some of the more socially concerned details do still show through quite clearly.

Pacing: The development of the story is slow at first, but that's got more to do that I didn't really know what to expect from it - when I realized that it was gonna be about the marriage and the father, the film was already way into that, so I never felt bored or had to sit through story bits that were "clear in outcome".

I wonder, why not a lot of people know of the film, although it appears on TSPDT quite high up.

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