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The Great Madcap (1949)

El gran calavera (original title)
Buñuel's first "comeback" film since "L'Age d'Or" in 1930 (he made only a few musicals in the interim), "El Gran Calavera" concerns a family's attempts to change the patriarch's somewhat ... See full summary »

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Janet Alcoriza (adaptation), Luis Alcoriza (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Fernando Soler ... Ramiro de la Mata
Rosario Granados ... Virginia de la Mata
Andrés Soler Andrés Soler ... Ladislao de la Mata
Rubén Rojo ... Pablo
Gustavo Rojo ... Eduardo de la Mata
Maruja Grifell Maruja Grifell ... Milagros
Francisco Jambrina ... Gregorio de la Mata
Luis Alcoriza ... Alfredo
Antonio Bravo Antonio Bravo ... Alfonso
Antonio Monsell Antonio Monsell ... Juan, mayordomo
María Luisa Serrano María Luisa Serrano ... Mamá de Alfredo
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Buñuel's first "comeback" film since "L'Age d'Or" in 1930 (he made only a few musicals in the interim), "El Gran Calavera" concerns a family's attempts to change the patriarch's somewhat indulgent and hedonistic ways by fooling him into thinking his large fortune is gone. They assume a life of poverty in Mexico in an attempt to teach him a lesson. However, he discovers it's a ruse, but continues to perpetuate the facade of ignorance while sneaking off during the day to conduct his thriving business. Why? To teach his family a lesson - they are all lazy, worthless leeches! Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

25 November 1949 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Madcap See more »

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Production Co:

Ultramar Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Buñuel masterpiece
28 January 2008 | by taybey666See all my reviews

this is not an classical Buñuel film he does not use any metaphor. film belong to comedy genre but i thought that it was not funny and it was not a good movie if the director is not Buñuel this film get a point like 3 or 2.sparazitoiler*the story was very basic its about a rich man without desire of living and people surrounding himself that are parasite. one day brother of that man decide to do show how real life is going on and the games begin.* as i said before very basic story and you can add to rich poor love in it. we can think that is 195O but there are a lot of good movies in that time. in conclusion this film is not good.


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