El Verdugo

El Verdugo

Director: Luis García Berlanga Cast: Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, Angel Alvarez

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Overview

El Verdugo

The business of death provides the framework for this black comedy about a mortician's assistant who wants to marry an executioner's daughter. Her father really wants to change professions, but cannot, as he will lose his new government-sponsored apartment. The young man is persuaded to take over the job, but he swears he will quit before he must kill someone. Unfortunately, an execution is scheduled shortly before the beginning of a major carnival, a time when many executions are halted. The bride and groom travel there, hoping the victim will be pardoned, but he is not and the groom must fulfill his duty. Although he swears he will never do another, his face tells another story, and the old executioner knows that many more state-sanctioned deaths will follow.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2016
UPC: 0715515187312
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 14,924

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New interview with Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar New program on Director Luis Garcia Berlanga; film critic Carlos F. Heredero;Writers Fernando R. Lafuente and Bernardo Sanchez Salas; and Director of the Berlanga Film Museum Rafael Maluenda Spanish television program from 2009 on The Executioner, featuring archival interviews with Berlanga Trailer New English Subtitle Translation Plus: An essay by film critic David Cairns

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nino Manfredi Jose Luis
Emma Penella Carmen
Angel Alvarez Alvarez
Guido Alberti Governor of Prison
Maria Luisa Ponte Stefania
Julia Caba Alba Actor
Xan Das Bolas Watchman
Lola Gaos Actor
Chus Lampreave Woman at Works
Felix Fernandez 1st Sacristan
Alfredo Landa 2nd Sacristan
Jose Luis Coll Organist
Jose Sazatornil Administrator
José Luis Lopez Vasquez Antonio
Jose Isbert Verdugo, El (1963)

Technical Credits
Luis García Berlanga Director,Screenwriter
Miguel Asins-Arbo Score Composer
Rafael Azcona Screenwriter
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Jose Antonio de la Guerra Art Director
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Alfonso Santacana Editor

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El Verdugo 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the movie because the cover is absolutely great, but unfortunately it felt like this movie fell short of Criterion standards. The restoration is gorgeous, but it just wasn't the movie for me.