Directed by Luis Garcia Berlanga

Directed by Luis Garcia Berlanga

5 Episodes

Berlanga didn’t set out to be a rebel, but his subversive cinema earned him a place as one of the greatest Spanish filmmakers of all time. Start with his black-comic masterpiece, THE EXECUTIONER.

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Directed by Luis Garcia Berlanga
  • Welcome Mr. Marshall!

    Episode 1

    Directed by Luis García Berlanga • 1953 • Spain

    After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

  • The Rocket from Calabuch

    Episode 2

    Directed by Luis García Berlanga • 1956 • Spain

    Professor Jorge Serra Hamilton, an American scientist specialist in the atomic bomb, flees from their transcendental duties, in order to take shelter incognito and for a time in the idyllic Spanish village of Calabuch, a small village on the Medite...

  • Miracles of Thursday

    Episode 3

    Directed by Luis García Berlanga • 1957 • Spain

    In the village of Fuentecilla, there is a medicinal spa which was very popular in the past but that now has been forgotten by the public. In order to bring back the tourists, the 'prominent men' of the village organize a fake miracle: the apparitio...

  • Plácido

    Episode 4

    Directed by Luis García Berlanga • 1961 • Spain

    In a small Spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a 'Sit a poor man at your table' dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person dining with them that night. The celebrations also include...

  • The Executioner

    Episode 5

    Directed by Luis García Berlanga • 1963 • Italy, Spain
    Starring Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, José Isbert

    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 ex...