1961-1970ArthouseComedyCubaTomás Gutiérrez Alea

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea – La muerte de un burócrata AKA Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)

A worker dies in an accident at his work and is buried with his union card, essential for the widow to receive a pension. To recover it, the family is forced to carry out a clandestine exhumation. The impediments of the bureaucracy make it impossible to bury the corpse again. The absurdity of the situation degenerates into violence.

It is, as the title suggests, a satire on bureaucracy and red tape, but also on a lot of other sad and mediocre things which we have to put up with at times. However, I have to say that I don’t have much faith in the efficacy of satire as a “driving force of history.” When making the film we thought: we are laughing at the bureaucrats, but then the bureaucrats will come and not only will the film make them laugh, but they will laugh at themselves.

2.42GB | 1h 23m | 1920×1080 | mkv


Subtitles: English, German, Italian

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