Enrique is a common man that has always worked to offer an acceptable level of life to his family. But one day this average man buys a television to color, a personal pleasure that a while ... See full summary »


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Enrique is a common man that has always worked to offer an acceptable level of life to his family. But one day this average man buys a television to color, a personal pleasure that a while ago comes deferring. Starting from that moment Enrique lives obsessed by the small screen, forgets what happens to his surroundings and finishes losing the power of differing between the real world and the universe of fiction, while his relatives look at he impotent. Written by Anonymous

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1974 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Historias para no dormir: El televisor  »

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Although not originally part of the anthology series Historias para no dormir (1964), it was incorporated to reruns of the 80's "revival season" as a final episode. See more »


Psiquiatra: You should avoid TV for some time.
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Enrique: Because I cannot think anymore. Here on this bookcase, I had books. Now I only have TV magazines to know the schedule and be ready. Here, I had books... And books inspired my imagination. But now, I can't imagine anything, because there they give me everything already imagined, imagined by other people, and badly imagined! And I also had records. You may find this stupid, but I used to love Beethoven.
Enrique: And... it's been days since I last ...
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Too Much Television WILL Kill You!
7 September 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Not all that long ago, I watched a couple of episodes in a Spanish TV- movie series called "Six Films to keep you awake". The series was an initiative of the legendary Spanish horror director Narcisco Ibáñez Serrador ("Who Can Kill a Child", "The House that Screamed") and I was particularly supportive because he managed to convince multiple acclaimed Spanish filmmakers to direct an episode as well, like Alex De La Iglesia, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. I considered the initiative to be something like the Spanish response to "Masters of Horror", but now I found out that the original idea of "Stories to keep you awake" dates back to the early sixties already, when it was a relatively unsuccessful TV-series. There also were a handful of short movies released, including this "El Televisor" about an ordinary hard-working family man who gradually becomes dangerously obsessed and even downright paranoid from watching TV. Enrique is a mundane bank employee in Madrid who always put the happiness and well-being of his beloved wife and two kids before everything else. He always dreamed of owning a television, a color one, but delayed the purchase in favor of other things. When Enrique finally saved enough money and buys a television, the lives of all family members slowly turn into a nightmare. Enrique glorifies the little box and refuses to leave the house anymore. He completely descends into madness when he becomes obsessed with the images of lively movie characters invading his living room through the screen. "El Televisor" is a very simplistic and unspectacular TV-movie, but Narcisco Ibáñez Serrador does a truly fantastic job building up an identifiable yet rather uncomfortable atmosphere. Enrique's metamorphosis from a model family man and naive employee into a mentally unbalanced media- geek is masterfully handled, and so are the interactions with his helpless wife and children. The movie abruptly ends with a sudden twist that is implausible and even a bit grotesque, but it's nevertheless shocking since you've grown to care for this struggling middle-class during the final years of Franco's reign. Narcisco Ibáñez Menta, the director's very own father, gives away a stellar performance as Enrique.

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