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Death of a Bureaucrat
Original title:
La muerte de un burócrata
Slovenian title:
Smrt birokrata
Section:
FOCUS: CUBAN CINEMA 60
Country, year:
Cuba, 1966
Length:
85
Directed by:
Tomas Gutirrrez Alea
Screenplay:
Alfredo L. Del Cueto, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Cinematography:
Ramón F. Suárez
Music:
Leo Brouwer
Subtitles:
German, slovenian
Language:
Spanish
Voting code:
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Cast:
Salvador Wood (nečak), Silvia Planas (teta), Manuel Estanillo (birokrat), Omar Alfonso (Cojimar)
Awards:
Karlovy Vary 1966 Special Prize of the Jury)

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Description:
A Kafkaesque satire on the absurdities of bureaucratic red tape, Death of a Bureaucrat is the director's homage to silent film comedians.
The film starts with the demise of the inventor who had developed a machine to mass-produce statuettes of Cuban hero Jose Martí. Unfortunately, the inventor is buried with his union card in his pocket. Unable to collect any pension money without that card, his widow attempts to exhume the body. Her hands tied by red tape, the widow is forced to rob her husband's grave.

"Death of a Bureaucrat /.../ is as much a movie maker's movie as it is a social satire. Gutierrez Alea happily helps himself (and us) to the styles of all sorts of film comedians, including those of Chaplin, the Keystone Kops and Laurel and Hardy, as he tells the tale of the good-natured, none-too-bright young man who attempts to come to the aid of his recently bereaved aunt. /.../ Gutierrez Alea has managed with remarkable skill to concoct a comedy whose lunatic fun absorbs the outrage." (Vincent Canby, The New York Times)