FSLC's press release so aptly puts it, "Together with Juan Bardem in the early Fifties, Berlanga shook up what had been a fairly dormant Spanish cinema with a series of works that revealed uncomfortable truths about the rigidly controlled Francoist society. Even as the regime began to ease up a bit in the early Sixties, Berlanga, often working with screenwriter Rafael Azcona, became if anything even more barbed in his criticisms. Yet beyond being important documents of the growing social resistance to Franco, Berlanga’s films are treasures because their extraordinary humor always seems to propel his often madcap tales into more general, timeless observations on the human condition. There are rarely villains in his works—only characters with greater or lesser levels of self-delusion."
Luis García Berlanga (that's he, above, in his earlier days) whose work has been previously featured in Spanish Cinema Now, died in November 2010 at the age of 89. The FSLC is proud to present this special tribute in memoriam.
Walter Reade Theater this coming Friday, December 9 at 3:20pm and again Tuesday, December 13, at 6:15pm.
courtesy of Getty Images, while the shot of him as a
younger man is from, well, those marvelous web archives....