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Writers:
Rafael Azcona (screenplay)
Rafael Azcona (story)
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In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Spanish Cinema in New York
 (From MUBI. 11 December 2011, 9:25 AM, PST)

Luis García Berlanga, 1921 - 2010
 (From MUBI. 14 November 2010, 12:18 PM, PST)

Luis García Berlanga obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 14 November 2010, 10:43 AM, PST)

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Masterpiece of essential viewing. See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Cassen ... Plácido Alonso (as Casto Sendra 'Cassen')
José Luis López Vázquez ... Gabino Quintanilla
Elvira Quintillá ... Emilia
Manuel Alexandre ... Julián Alonso
Mario Bustos (as Mario de Bustos)
María Francés (as Mari Francés)
Mari Carmen Yepes ... Martita (as Carmen Yepes)
Jesús Puche ... Don Arturo
Roberto Llamas
Amelia de la Torre ... Doña Encarna de Galán
Juan G. Medina
José María Caffarel ... Zapater
Xan das Bolas ... Rivas
Fernando Delgado ... Representante de los artistas
Laura Granados ... Erika
Juan Manuel Simón
Carmen Valencia
Gloria Osuna
Francisco Aguilera
Juan Torres
Lepe ... Padre de Emilia (as José Álvarez 'Lepe')
José Orjas ... Notario
Xavier Vivé ... Edmundo Galán
Camino Delgado
Félix Fernández ... Pobre en casa de Galán
Carmen Pradillo
Erasmo Pascual ... Pasante de la notaría
J.C. Tejeiro
Agustín González ... Álvaro Gil
Julia Delgado Caro ... María Helguera
Antonio Gandía ... Pascual
José Franco ... Matías Helguera
Amparo Gómez Ramos ... Criada de Helguera
José Gavilán ... Dentista
Carme Contreras ... Viviana (as Carmen Contreras)
Luis Ciges ... Pobre en casa de Helguera
Angel Company
Julia Caba Alba ... Concheta
Antonio Ferrandis ... Ramiro
Emilio Sancho
Vicente Llosa
Amparo Soler Leal ... Marilú Martínez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Alda ... Hermana del dentista #1 (uncredited)
Félix Dafauce ... (uncredited)
Carmen Ferguell ... Hermana del dentista #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis García Berlanga 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rafael Azcona  screenplay
Rafael Azcona  story
José Luis Colina 
José Luis Font 
Luis García Berlanga  screenplay
Luis García Berlanga  story

Produced by
Alfredo Matas .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miguel Asins Arbó 
 
Cinematography by
Francisco Sempere 
 
Film Editing by
José Antonio Rojo 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pascual Cervera .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Enrique Barrés .... property master
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emilio Godes .... still photographer
Juan Prous .... second assistant camera
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Plácido" - Spain (original title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Trivia:
Voted fourth best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 spanish cinema centenary.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Berlanga, plano personal (2011)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece of essential viewing., 15 January 2010
Author: psagray from Spain

In a small town of Spain, on the eve of Christmas, some ladies are invented the Christmas campaign "dine with a poor", so that the poorest people, enjoyment by a night of warmth and affection that do not have, sitting at the table of the rich families. In the middle of the preparations is "Plácido", (Cassen), which is hired to participate with his motorcar in the cavalcade organized for the campaign, but there is a small detail which prevented him from devoted solely to his task: the same day of Christmas Eve, defeats him the first invoice of motorcar, his sole means of livelihood.

It is one of the masterpieces undisputed and fundamental filmography of Luis Garcia Berlanga. Filmed at the time summit of their creativity, in a period cultural difficult, where the enormous censorship of the political regime, exacerbated the ingenuity and imagination of the scriptwriters. A script, with malevolent intent, of own Berlanga and Rafael Azcona and under the direction of Berlanga very far from the tenderness that taught in previous work, make a comedy coral with a bitter, pessimistic reflection on the Spanish society of the time.

It is a acquired late, both in the form as in the fund and a portrait heartless and merciless of a society hypocritical, petty with double standards, where the most important are the appearance, and that preaches charity but not the practice, which is bothering him poverty but that does nothing to eradicate and that it needs to launch a cruel farce, in the form of Christmas campaign.

The movie has breakdown unrepeatable major players in their best performances, which would have to be stressed in all. It's full of memorable sequences, grotesque, surreal and the time dramatic It's especially unforgettable which develops in the public toilet. And the long scene, genial sequence in which the sudden deterioration of the state of health of one of the poor, seriously ill, triggers a situation comic-pathetic which shows all the miseries of that society amoral

The film has a indent brilliant, and the dialogs never ebb, are kept in a high level of ingenious humor . It has nothing to envy Italian masters such as De Sica or Fellini and that in movies such as "Placido", is even better.

I think it is my favorite movie.

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