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Rafael Azcona (screenplay)
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27 June 1962 (France) See more »
In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Spanish Cinema in New York
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Luis García Berlanga, 1921 - 2010
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Luis García Berlanga obituary
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PLACIDO (Luis Garcia Berlanga, 1961) *** See more (6 total) »


  (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 ... Don Carlos
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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Also Known As:
"Plácido" - Spain (original title)
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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The film was originally going to be titled "Siente a un pobre a su mesa" ("seat a poor man at your table"), but this was ultimately changed because the Spanish censorship would not allow it.See more »
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Featured in Berlanga, plano personal (2011)See more »


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PLACIDO (Luis Garcia Berlanga, 1961) ***, 25 February 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This was the fifth Berlanga outing I have checked out after CALABUCH (1956), the compendium THREE FABLES OF LOVE (1962), his masterpiece NOT ON YOUR LIFE (1963) and LIFE SIZE (1974; which I only watched in a trimmed version) – however, I also own WELCOME, MR. MARSHALL! in my collection.

The film under review is a satire about a small-town's attempt to increase its business by inviting movie stars over for their Christmas parade, as well as displaying its social conscience by having elderly locals foisted as dinner guests upon its leading citizens. Both moves are disastrous as, in the first, only second-rate actors turn up.while the aged unsurprisingly prove a burden on the hosts too busy with their own varied agendas! The title figure, then, is an ordinary fellow trying to make ends meet in order to sustain a large (and invariably bickering) family.

As can be gleaned from the above premise, the movie features such an extensive cast of characters as to resolve itself in an endless sea of chatter - tiring the viewer out trying to keep up with the large but unevenly placed English subtitles! This is not to say that the end result is not enjoyable throughout: indeed, there are a number of laugh-out-loud moments along the way - notably, a disgruntled veteran thespian complaining that he was overlooked in the luncheon assignations and being told by the organizer that he might be better off joining the ranks of the aged instead!; one of the latter suffers a heart attack and, discovered to be "living in sin" by the pious owners with a woman being feasted in another household, it is decided that they marry before the man expires (which he does soon after the ceremony, held despite his sudden reluctance to take the woman for his wife!).

The eventual winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, for which this was nominated, was Sweden's THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY; the other candidates were three obscure entries from Denmark, Japan and Mexico (albeit featuring Japanese star Toshiro Mifune!); for the record, among those unsuccessfully submitted for this category were SUMMER SKIN (Argentina - which I own but is unwatched so far), LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (France) and LA NOTTE (Italy). While, as I said, PLACIDO has undeniable merit, it does come across as rather lightweight in this company (for what it is worth, the film is included - indeed, ranked quite highly - in the "Wonders In The Dark" all-time top 3,000 movies list) and was voted fourth best Spanish film by industry insiders and critics in a 1996 Spanish cinema centenary poll(!)...which makes one wonder what the outcome would have been had Luis Bunuel's scandalous homecoming effort i.e. VIRIDIANA (bestowed with the Palme D'Or at Cannes) been entered in the Oscars race in its place! Interestingly enough, PLACIDO did eventually come up against Bunuel's subsequent film THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (1962) at the Cannes Film Festival, but they were both defeated by Brazil's THE GIVEN WORD aka KEEPER OF PROMISES (1962).

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