Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Continuing the series of Realism in Spanish Film at Cervantes Institute in Manchester

El Verdugo (Not on your Life) at the Cervantes Institute on Deansgate [near Deansgate Station] Manchester


Free admission but best to book

Story Line:
José Luis, an employee in a funeral parlour hopes to go to Germany and become a good mechanic. Through his job, he meets Carmen, the daughter of Amadeo, an old executioner who is just about to retire. They fall in love and marry. The Housing Board offers Amadeo a new, modern flat, owing to his profession, which is the dream-come-true of the newly-weds and which offers a peaceful retirement to the old man. The concession of the building however, is conditioned to the employment of executioner and so, Amadeo must try to convince José Luis to succeed him and thus keep the house. His reasoning is clear and not void of logic: he can apply for the post, earn the money and live in the house for years probably without having to carry out his task, as the death penalty is not very frequent and there are always pardons. José Luis accepts on the condition that he will resign immediately if he is asked to execute someone...

'Regularly voted by its country's critics as the best Spanish film of all time, Berlanga's brilliant dark comedy on the peculiar horror of the garrote has not lost its power over the years.' UK TimeOut

Mr. Andy Willis, reader in Film Studies and the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Film Studies at the University of Salford, will present the film.

Title: El Verdugo
Director: Luis García Berlanga
Year made: 1963
Duration:- 87 min
Original Version in Spanish with English Subtitles
Free admission. Bookings on 0161 6614206 or secman@cervantes.es

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