Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into... See full summary »
Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears ... See full summary »
Fernando Fernán Gómez
Rodolfo and Petrita each live in separate quarters in dilapidated Madrid, while looking to have a little apartment (or "pisito", in Spanish dialect). Unfortunately their low salaries ... See full summary »
Isidoro M. Ferry
José Luis López Vázquez,
Concha López Silva
In rural Spain, sister of an ex con convinces him to take revenge against the local who tipped off the authorities about the man's whereabouts, which led to his subsequent arrest. Unfortunately, she soon falls in love with the snitch.
"Les quatre vérités" aka "The Four Truths" is a movie anthology that consists of four segments, all loosely parodying fables from the 17th-century French poet Jean de la Fontaine. The US cut usually features only 3 segments.
With "Calabuch", Berlanga satirised daily life of the post Spanish war.
The professor Hamilton, a wise naive that he believed that the atomic bombs, hydrogen, cobalt, were good for humanity, fled to the realize his mistake and took their inventions. Hid in the people more wonderful of the world, where you can live and die in peace; Calabuch.
"Calabuch" is another fable/metaphor for his blatant anti-militarism, by its nature of naivety of people, teamwork and collective, this conjunction almost child of forces, the air idyllic impossible. It is, therefore, a farce very serious and very currently in force. A classic.
Like other movies corals Berlanga, "Calabuch" satirizes daily life of post-war the Spain. But, unlike "Plácido", for example, where the satire is patent and demolition, "Calabuch" makes by contrast, showing in a village of the Mediterranean everything that Spain was neither is: the utopia, the place "where the whole world does what he likes". Therefore, the small village has an air of surrealism magic.
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