The Executioner The Executioner

The Executioner

Luis García Berlanga

 
The Executioner (Criterion Blu-Ray)

25 Oct 2016

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Spain
  • 1963
  • 92 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Spanish
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  • Spine #840

This masterpiece of black humor, beloved in Spain but too little seen elsewhere, threads a scathing critique of Franco-era values through a macabre farce about an undertaker who marries an executioner’s daughter and reluctantly takes over her father’s job so the family can keep their government-allotted apartment. As caustic today as it was in 1963, this early collaboration between Luis García Berlanga and his longtime screenwriter Rafael Azcona is an unerring depiction of what Berlanga called “the invisible traps that society sets up for us.” A furiously funny personal attack on capital punishment, The Executioner evaded the state censors who sought to suppress it, and today is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish films of all time.

Cast

José Luis RodriguezNino Manfredi
CarmenEmma Penella
AmadeoJosé Isbert
Antonio RodriguezJosé Luis López Vázquez

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
  • New program on director Luis García Berlanga, featuring interviews with his son José Luis Berlanga; film critic Carlos F. Heredero; writers Fernando R. Lafuente and Bernardo Sánchez Salas; and director of the Berlanga Film Museum Rafael Maluenda
  • Spanish television program from 2012 on The Executioner, featuring archival interviews with Berlanga
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Cairns

    New cover by Brian Stauffer

Film Essays

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The Executioner: By the Neck

By David Cairns October 26, 2016

The tropes of light comedy give way to a Kafkaesque nightmare in this incendiary critique of moral rot in Franco-era Spain. Read more »

Film Essays

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The Executioner: By the Neck

By David Cairns October 26, 2016

The tropes of light comedy give way to a Kafkaesque nightmare in this incendiary critique of moral rot in Franco-era Spain. Read more »


Video

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Pedro Almodóvar on Luis García Berlanga

October 24, 2016

From the start of his career, in the 1950s, writer-director Luis García Berlanga took aim at the strictures of Franco-era censorship with his radical black comedies. Though lesser known than his . . . Read more »


Dispatches

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Destination Madrid: A Visit to a Film Lover’s Bookstore

By Valeria Rotella July 18, 2016

Madrid is a cinephile’s city, through and through. It’s not just that the Spanish capital is the heart of production and a top destination for film students across the peninsula. Talk of movies . . . Read more »

Other Editions

The Executioner (Criterion DVD)

25 Oct 2016

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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