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Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

Bienvenido Mister Marshall (original title)
After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director:

Luis García Berlanga (as Luis G. Berlanga)

Writers:

Juan Antonio Bardem (story) (as J.A. Bardem), Luis García Berlanga (story) (as L.G. Berlanga) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lolita Sevilla ... Carmen Vargas
Manolo Morán ... Manolo
José Isbert ... Don Pablo, el alcalde
Alberto Romea ... Don Luis, el caballero
Elvira Quintillá ... Señorita Eloísa, la maestra
Luis Pérez de León ... Don Cosme, el cura
Félix Fernández ... Don Emiliano, el médico
Fernando Aguirre Fernando Aguirre ... Geronimo - el secretario
Joaquín Roa ... Julían - el pregonero
Nicolás D. Perchicot ... Boticario (as Nicolás Perchicot)
José Franco ... Delegado general
Rafael Alonso ... Enviado
José María Rodríguez José María Rodríguez ... José
Elisa Méndez Elisa Méndez ... Doña Raquel
Matilde López Roldán Matilde López Roldán ... Doña Matilde
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Storyline

The little village of Villar del Río is awaiting the song performance of Carmen Vargas, 'The Great Andalusian Star'. The quiet village is governed by a deaf, naughty and good-natured Mayor, who's only seeking the way to give life to the place. By the same time good news comes to the village: the arrival of North American high personalities that will give economical aid to the nation city by city, village by village. The Mayor doesn't know what to do to welcome them. Carmen Vargas's agent throws surprising initiatives, moving all the village people just to prepare a better reception for the foreigners. His idea is to disguise all the farmers as Andalusians and add colour to every street with typical decorations. All of them start to work, and also to dream and think about what they're going to request the Americans, who will come with lots of dollars. The day of the arrival everybody at Villar del Río is in the streets, from the Mayor to the newborn child... Written by Miguel Ángel Díaz González

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Comedy

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Latin | English

Release Date:

4 April 1953 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome Mr. Marshall! See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the script was submitted to the Censors, it was approved with a scene cut, the school teacher dream of her encounter with the American, for its erotic and political content. Therefore, the scene could only be filmed fifty years later by director Luis García Berlanga as a short, El sueño de la maestra (2002). See more »

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When Juan runs to the tractor during the dream sequence, the plywood resting over the back of the tractor falls to the ground. When Juan and his family board the tractor, the plywood is back against the back of the tractor and it falls again. See more »

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Soundtracks

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Music by Juan Solano (as Maestro Solano)
Lyrics by José Antonio Ochaíta and Xandro Valerio
Performed by Lolita Sevilla
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A film that gets better with each viewing
25 August 2001 | by dalton2See all my reviews

My appreciation of this film has been getting better and better each time I have watched it. The first time I sat to see Bienvenido Mister Marshall was many years ago. I was a child, and I remember that I liked it. But I didn't notice that it wasn't another funny film. Through repeated viewings, I have found more and more details and a solid structure that makes of this film one of the greatest ones I have ever seen. The personality of the Major is amazing. He's a complex person despite his envelope of bewildered, and -I guess- that's why he's the Major. But he's also wonderfully ingenuous, and so are the rest of the people of Villar del Río. That's why you root for the entire cast. And that's why you keep this film in your heart. It reminds you the innocence we lost and lets you by the end with deep melancholy.

Technically, this film is almost perfect. Good cast, superb performances, perfect music, and a dialogue that seems to be a 70-minute-long quote, where every single word can be remembered. To mention one of the many good moments of this "long quote", I will remember the one when the general delegate (José Franco) tells the Major (José Isbert) that he has to make a speech from the balcony to the Americans. The Major asks "And what shall I say?", and then the delegate replies that he can speak about several things including the industry. He asks again "What industry?", and the delegate replies "Well, just say anything, they don't speak Spanish so they won't understand". And, finally, the Major states: "Oh, I think I'm getting it..."

If you take a look at the best Spanish films of all time, you'll notice that 3 of the top 5 films are directed by Luis García Berlanga. That's not a coincidence. Berlanga is pure genius.

My rating is 9-10 out of 10.


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