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El hombre que se quiso matar (1942)

The pusillanimous architect Federico Solá is a thirty years man who life seems determined not to smile: no job, no girlfriend, no friends, one day decides to stand up and stand up to life. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Federico Solá
Irene Argüelles
Sr. Argüelles
Presidente círculo
Irene Mas ...
Alejandro Nolla ...
José Acuaviva ...
Alberto López ...
Ángel Alcaraz ...
Ramón Giner ...
Catador (as Ramón J. Giner)
Pedro Mascaró ...
Dueño del bar
Jesús Castro Blanco ...
Tendero (as Castro-Blanco)
José Palomerá ...
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The pusillanimous architect Federico Solá is a thirty years man who life seems determined not to smile: no job, no girlfriend, no friends, one day decides to stand up and stand up to life. And he do not think of anything better than to publicly announce his intention to commit suicide during a lecture on the virtues of cement. From that moment on he checked with satisfaction that all doors seem to open for him without much difficulty, as people, knowing the little time remaining for him, just yield to his claims. A new Federico is born and Solá is the man of the moment: "The man who wanted to kill himself." Written by jsanchez

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16 February 1942 (Spain)  »

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The Man Who Wanted to Kill Himself  »

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When Federico attempts to commit suicide by throwing himself under the tram, he loses his hat, and spends the rest of the day going to some different locations without it, however, when he later returns to his room, he is wearing his hat. See more »


Remade as El hombre que se quiso matar (1970) See more »

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"We are too much concerned about life and that's why we are unhappy"
20 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Based on a tale from Wenceslao Fernández Florez, an Spanish writer known by his peculiar sense of dark humor, this dark comedy was the first film made by the prolific Rafael Gil, one of the most representatives from Franco era.

A Very watchable moral fable because the story is funny and also invites you to think about life and society at the same time you laugh or smile. The only negative point is an acting too much theatrical in some of the secondary players and an anodyne direction.

The plot is about a man (Antonio Casal) with a lot of disgrace and affliction in his life, with no job, no girlfriend and no friends who decides to kill but fails in his attempt several times. But when he announces in public his suicide begins to feel free and with no social prejudices and as he changes, his life begin to change too.

Some people criticize the film because many points of the plot are not credible. It is necessary to consider that the purpose wasn't to develop a realistic plot.

In fact if you want to enjoy this film think you are going to watch, how could I say, a Marx Brothers movie but with a little more serious plot and a darker treatment !!

It's what you can also see in films like "El malvado carabel" (based in a Fernández Florez tale too). And a sense of dark humor very present in many other Spanish writers of the time like Mihura, Tono, and later in Azcona.

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