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The Little Apartment (1958)

El pisito (original title)
Rodolfo and Petrita each live in separate quarters in dilapidated Madrid, while looking to have a little apartment (or "pisito", in Spanish dialect). Unfortunately their low salaries ... See full summary »

Directors:

Marco Ferreri, Isidoro M. Ferry (as Isidoro M. Ferri)

Writers:

Rafael Azcona (screenplay), Marco Ferreri (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Mary Carrillo ... Petrita (as Mari Carrillo)
José Luis López Vázquez ... Rodolfo
Concha López Silva Concha López Silva ... Doña Martina Rodríguez
Ángel Álvarez ... Sáenz
María Luisa Ponte ... Hermana de Petrita (as Mª Luisa Ponte)
Andrea Moro Andrea Moro ... Mari Cruz
Gregorio Saugar Gregorio Saugar ... Don Manuel
Celia Conde Celia Conde ... Mery
José Cordero 'El Bombonero' José Cordero 'El Bombonero' ... Dimas - el callista (as José Cordero)
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Rodolfo and Petrita each live in separate quarters in dilapidated Madrid, while looking to have a little apartment (or "pisito", in Spanish dialect). Unfortunately their low salaries prevent them from acquiring one. Soon, Rodolfo's co-workers urge him to marry the old and frail Doña Martina, who is the main tenant in the apartment he boards in. According to Spanish rent-control law, he could inherit the lease from his spouse. Thus begin his misgivings and Petrita's. Written by Emilio

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Music Performed at hand-organ by Antonio Apruzzesse
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against Franco we used to live better
21 September 2006 | by jcalder2-1See all my reviews

Obviously, the sarcastic statement made by Vazquez Montalban twenty years ago is by no means true, but when comparing recent Spanish film productions to some of the oppositional masterpieces shot during the 50's and 60's one feels tempted to believe it.

El Pisito is a caustic criticism on the hardness of lower classes everyday reality in the fifties francoist society. It rawly portrays the infrahuman conditions in which people were forced to live (whole families inhabiting a single room of a crowded apartment) and the perverse struggle getting by in such conditions was, but, instead of imitating the Italian neorealist melodramatic mood to search the compassion and solidarity of the spectator, the material is presented from satirical perspective based on the Spanish theatrical style of "esperpento" (plays that mocks national traditions through the employment of emphasized grotesque features). This way, the choral protagonist of the film (there's a predominance of long cuts framing groups of people, sometimes carrying out simultaneous actions)is shown closer to an animal than a human being in a chaotic urban jungle where everything is permitted, causing distancing in the audience.

For this task, all the actors are just great, creating great doses of black humour; but, avobe all, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez proves to be one of the best actors in Spanish cinema, brilliantly performing that henpecked boyfriend always conducted by someone else's will like a poor puppet.

In sum, this movie is a must see for anyone interested in Spanish cinema and culture (mandatory for fans of Alex de la Iglesia's oubvre) and lovers of intelligent and bitting humour.


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Release Date:

26 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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