Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)
"Bienvenido Mister Marshall" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  4 April 1953 (Spain)
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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.


(as Luis G. Berlanga)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lolita Sevilla ...
Manolo Morán ...
José Isbert ...
Don Pablo, el alcalde
Alberto Romea ...
Elvira Quintillá ...
Señorita Eloísa, la maestra
Luis Pérez de León ...
Don Cosme, el cura
Félix Fernández ...
Don Emiliano, el médico
Fernando Aguirre ...
Geronimo - el secretario
Joaquín Roa ...
Julían - el pregonero
Nicolás D. Perchicot ...
Boticario (as Nicolás Perchicot)
José Franco ...
Delegado general
Rafael Alonso ...
José María Rodríguez ...
Elisa Méndez ...
Doña Raquel
Matilde López Roldán ...
Doña Matilde


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Voted fifth best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary. See more »


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Music by Juan Solano (as Maestro Solano)
Lyrics by José Antonio Ochaíta and Xandro Valerio
Performed by Lolita Sevilla
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Spanish classic movie
8 March 2007 | by (A Coruna, Spain) – See all my reviews

This movie is well considered all over the world and it is not difficult to see why. It was made in 1952 but it still remains as one of the truly classic movies of Spanish cinema.

Of course its cinematographic values are impressive. From the very beginning the techniques used in this film are different from those used in American cinema of the same time, a narrator introduces the small town and the characters to the audience, he seems to know everything about them, he is capable of stop the movement and take out the people of the screen. An audacious resource from one of the main directors in Spanish cinema history, Luis García Berlanga. This beginning is modern for the time and it can be linked to the European cinema of the era.

On one hand, we are about to see a description of Spanish traditions and characters depicted with lots of humor and irony. On the other hand, we see a critic of some of these statements and mentalities of Spanish people and institutions. This critics is plenty of melancholy in some cases and plenty of humor in other cases. Just about the end of the film, there are several dream scenes that satirizes some of the American cinema of the era and some American traditions and characters (as those of the Western movies).

The script is superb, the actors are very well chosen for their roles, the cinematography is excellent and so is the photography, direction is extraordinary taking into account that this is one of the first movies by Berlanga.

Finally, I have to say that this is a Spanish classic movie and one of my must sees.

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