Welcome Mr. Marshall!
- 1h 18m
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.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.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.
In the flick there are especially comedy , humor , joy , satire and social critical which tended not to be very well received by the censor . Sublime film but with censorship realized by the great maestro Luis Garcia Berlanga . Good film that was beset by difficulties with the censors caused by a relentless critical to Americans and social criticism . The movie displays a Spanish secondary star-studded such as : Elvira Quintilla , Alberto Romea, Jose Franco , Joaquin Roa , Jose Vivo , Rafael Alonso , Manuel Alexandre and Angel Alvarez . Unforgettable performance by Jose Isbert as a deaf, naughty and good-natured Mayor, who's only seeking the way to give life to the place and Manonolo Moran as an artist agent who throws surprising initiatives, moving all the village people just to prepare a better reception for the foreigners . Enjoyable screenplay by humorist Miguel Mihura along with Juan Antonio Bardem and Berlanga , both of whom collaborated in various films as ¨Esa Pareja Feliz¨, Berlanga's first picture .
Direction by Luis Garcia Berlanga is pretty good , assistant direction is Ricardo Muñoz Suay . Jesus Garcia Leoz's musical score is excellent with classic songs as ¨Americanos¨, however they are too many ¨Coplas¨ songs sung by Lolita Sevilla . Fine cinematography in white and black by Manuel Berenguer , prestigious cameraman with an important career . Berlanga's conceptual and political audacity, so evident in this film , ¨Welcome Mister Marshall¨ , was modified by the censors and was temporarily delayed before its eventual release . He filmed other polemic movies during the 50s as ¨El Verdugo¨ which was well-received at the Venice Festival and along with ¨Bienvenido Mister Marshall¨ are considered to be two of the best Spanish films of the history . Their next joint venture was ¨Plácido¨ (1961), which received an Oscar nomination in 1963. That same year, Berlanga made one of his best films : ¨El Jueves Milagro¨ ; however, his strong portrait of Spanish society didn't please the pro-Franco authorities and was strongly censored . He continued filming other interesting pictures as in 1973 he went to Paris to begin filming ¨Grandeur nature¨ , another problematic film , focusing this time on the fetishism of a man who falls in love with a doll . Several years later, after Franco's death, he filmed a trilogy comprising ¨La Escopeta Nacional¨ (1978), ¨Patrimonio Nacional¨ (1981) and ¨Nacional III¨ (1982), where he clarified the disorders evident in the Spanish upper middle-class upon being confronted with a new political status quo . Following the same theme he filmed a peculiar comedy titled ¨La Vaquilla (1985¨, set in the Spanish Civil War until his last movie ¨Paris Tombuctu¨ (1999) . Rating : Above average . Essential and indispensable seeing .
- May 29, 2012