158 Great Directors: Luis Garcia Berlanga

“My attention and curiosity have always been aroused by the loneliness of man, and his disastrous search for freedom. For example, through a constant use of sequences, I showed a variety of individuals who talk without listening. The society shown in my films is hostile, it’s made up of people who try to get their voices heard above those of the next person. I’ve continually shown the vices of the modern middle class, the failures of people who have desires but who never manage to satisfy these dreams.”


What Got This Director Here?
: El Verdugo + Placido.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A

What Did I Watch: El Verdugo.

Where Does He Fit: The Executioner is shot like a sitcom, in certain ways, yet it is deeply weird in how the characters communicate. The comedy is treated with such blankness that you only sort of recognize the humor in someone who works at a morgue becoming an executioner, all for the sake of keeping his apartment and falling in love with some woman whose father is the ultimate pain in the ass. Francoism is getting poked and prodded here with sharp sticks, the only objection is that it doesn’t really go anywhere beyond spinning its wheels in mockery. It never stops being vicious, though, so seek it out.

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Most Valuable Asset: Satire.
Most Excited For: Placido.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sort of.

Coming Up Next: Michael Mann and his men(n).

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