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Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)

La muerte de un burócrata (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy | 24 July 1966 (Cuba)
A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape.
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Complete credited cast:
Salvador Wood ...
Nephew
Silvia Planas ...
Aunt
Manuel Estanillo ...
Bureaucrat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Omar Alfonso ...
Cojimar
Tania Alvarado
Pedro Pablo Astorga
Alicia Bustamante
Gaspar De Santelices ...
Nephew's boss
Rafael Díaz
Roberto Gacio
Carlos Gargallo
Elsa Montero ...
Sabor
Rolando de los Reyes
Fausto Rodríguez
Luis Romay ...
El Zorro
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A Cuban worker dies accidentally and is buried together with his union card. It soon turns out that the widow will absolutely need the card for claiming her pension. Young nephew starts his hilarious fight against the authorities in order to disinter and rebury his uncle and retrieve the precious document. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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How many films from 1966 are still relevant today?
21 June 2000 | by (Chatsworth, CA) – See all my reviews

Forget post-revolutionary Cuba; right here in America, in 2000, there is enough bureaucracy for the comedic lessons of Alea's great film about people's propensity to conform at all costs to absurd restrictions from 'above' and cause misery to others rather than risk the slightest insecurity to themselves, to be driven home painfully. This is a really funny film but one that makes you think, like Tati's 'Playtime,' Fellini's early films or some of Bunuel's. This film is deeply critical and ridicules everything that is part and parcel of government enforced socialism. You can't fault Castro for not having a sense of humor, if he agreed to release this film. Leo Beower's understated music is, as always, excellent.


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