The Executioner

The Executioner

Directed by Luis García Berlanga • 1963 • Italy, Spain

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 Garcia 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.

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The Executioner
  • The Executioner

    Directed by Luis García Berlanga • 1963 • Italy, Spain

    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 he...

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  • Pedro Almodóvar on THE EXECUTIONER

    In this brief interview from 2016, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar explains why THE EXECUTIONER is one of his favorite movies.

  • Bad Spaniard

    This 2016 documentary profiles director Luis García Berlanga and offers an analysis of THE EXECUTIONER through interviews with the filmmaker’s son José Luis Berlanga; critic Carlos F. Heredero; writers Fernando R. Lafuente and Bernardo Sánchez Salas; and Rafael Maluenda, director of the Berlanga ...

  • “La mitad invisible”: THE EXECUTIONER

    This 2012 episode of the television program “La mitad invisible” explores why THE EXECUTIONER is one of the most beloved films in Spanish cinema.