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Dearest Executioners (1977)

Queridísimos verdugos (original title)
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Cast overview:
Claudio Rodríguez ...
Narrador (voice)
Vicente Copete ...
Himself - executioner
Antonio López ...
Himself - executioner
Bernardo Sánchez ...
Himself - executioner
Marino Vinuesa ...
Himself (as D. Marino Vinuesa)
Andrés Sánchez Cascos ...
Himself (as Dr. Andres Sanchez Cascos)
José Velasco-Escassi ...
Himself (as Dr. Jose Velasco-Escassi)
Antonio Ferrer Sama ...
Himself (as D. Antonio Ferrer Sama)
Jesús Sánchez Tello ...
Himself (as D. Jesus Sanchez Tello)


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20 April 1977 (Spain)  »

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Dearest Executioners  »

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This film was filmed in secrecy in December 1971. The post-production didn't finish until 1973 and it couldn't came to theaters until April 1977 (two years after Francisco Franco's death). See more »


References Love Story (1970) See more »

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A document of extraordinary social and historical value.
29 November 2015 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The director Basilio Martin Patino filmed clandestinely, even in years of dictatorship, a document of great sociological value his eyes and ears paying three executioners of the Franco dictatorship in the late 70s Antonio Lopez Sierra, Vicente Lopez Copete and Bernardo Sanchez Bascuñana speak honestly about their craft. They explain how the passage of time led them to play such baseness and judge, while eating and drinking, the functionality of such an office, justifying at times eye for an eye and tooth for tooth. They are talking about their work as if they were talking football while sipping glasses of wine in an intensely Spanish tavern, with its bull's head and huge barrels.

Martin Patino, as a silent partner, proposes a duel that tests our understanding and our ability to rationalize on the very meaning of human life and with full respect and why not say, a few drops of surrealism, forces us to make a act of conscience and reflect on our own sincerity.

This documentary is much more than a simple documentary is a document in its entirety. A socio-historical document of extraordinary value by which it should make a pretty good summary of what was Franco and with it, one of its most unique iconographic signs, the Garrotte, the death penalty.

Patino achieved through direct testimony and three executioners naked regime a social portrait of the misery that Spain backward, simple, impoverished and resigned, whose abject poverty was appalling death penalty, the mythical garrote. Those executioners, characters to which we should feel a strange mixture of pity, disgust and interest in all lukewarm, we have naturally, with table and tablecloth including their impressions and feelings, among plagued rabble talks. Patino does obviously an act of rejection of the death penalty and its immorality and absolute confirmation of the universality of the crime and its perennial presence throughout history and time. It is interesting to remember, through newspaper clippings mythical "El Caso" and own images and personal encounters, that noir dark Spain,

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