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Film of the Week #332: La muerte de un burócrata AKA Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)
A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape.
#134 on 500<400, with 245 checks.
Nominated by blocho, Cocoa, filmbantha, and Minkin.
This movie fits the current Comedy Challenge.
Here #134(⇩29, #105) La muerte de un burócrata (1966)
[Death of a Bureaucrat]
Directed by: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
(473.04 Pts, 13 Votes) , Top 1–10–50: 0–1–4
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A lot better than last week's movie. 8/10
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I watched it years ago, I remember it to be hilarious during the first 30/40 minutes but it goes downhill after that so that's not quite a favorite for me (7/10) but it will be in my list for the next 500<400 poll for sure
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Here are my recent thoughts on the film (from the Conquer the World topic)
An amazing fun film that combines the Kafka bureaucratic nightmare with the cartoonish. The story follows a man who's trying to have his dead uncle's remains exhumed in order to get a card that was buried with him .... and then the laborious effort to get the remains re-interred. The jokes are primarily targeted around the absurdities of the bureaucratic system - and the issues that are compounded when deviating from the system in any slight manner. For example - the body can't be buried because there's no exhumation request on file - so the protagonist must find an exhumation request for a body that's already been exhumed. It also helps that the director was such a cinephile and tributes countless filmmakers here (chiefly during the dream sequences - which borrow from Bunuel, Bergman, Kurosawa, etc). He even does a direct parody of the Laurel and Hardy short - Two Tars. There's also a scene in an animated paper-craft sequence. This is the best discovery I've experienced in quite awhile - and I can't recommend the film enough!
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This is satire of the highest order. Just fantastic. Added to my 500<400 list. Does anyone know how Alea got it past the Cuban censors?
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Saw this a few years ago. Great film, wonderful comedy with something to say. My favourite Cuban movie so far.
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Saw this a few years ago (too). Loved it.
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Caught up with this film tonight and really enjoyed it. One of those films that you watch with a smile on your face the whole way through. I'm curious as to whether this was a big influence on Brazil as it sure feels like it. This is going straight on my 500<400 list.