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    The Executioner

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    Released

    1963

    Runtime

    92

    The Executioner

    What's it About

    In Franco’s Spain of the early Sixties, an elderly executioner (Isbert) proudly goes about his work. His daughter Carmen (Penella) has trouble finding a husband because of the stigma attached to her father’s job, but when she meets José (Manfredi) a young undertaker, it’s love (or convenience) at first sight. However, there’s a catch: in order to qualify for a new apartment, José must take over his father-in-law’s profession, despite a deathly aversion to killing.

    Why we love it

    With rapid-fire dialogue and a breakneck pace, this pitch-black comedy sneaks up on you with a serious message amidst the farce. Skewering the hypocrisy of societal attitudes about sex, the church and the penal system, Berlanga hits a bullseye. Little wonder he won the Fipresci Award at the Venice Film Festival. Manfredi’s fine work as the hapless hero largely carries the film, heralding the likes of Sellers and Benigni. A work of sublime comic pathos, “The Executioner” will slay you.

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