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The Twelve Chairs (1962)

Las doce sillas (original title)
When her country is taken over by socialist revolutionaries, a wealthy woman can't bear to give up all of her wealth and possessions to the new government, so she hides all of her treasures... See full summary »

Director:

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (as Tomás G. Alea)

Writers:

Ilya Ilf (novel), Yevgeni Petrov (novel) (as Eugene Petrov) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Santisteban Enrique Santisteban ... Hipólito Garrigó (as Enrique Santiesteban)
Reynaldo Miravalles Reynaldo Miravalles ... Oscar (as Reinaldo Miravalles)
René Sánchez René Sánchez ... El Cura
Pilín Vallejo Pilín Vallejo ... Gertrudis
Idalberto Delgado Idalberto Delgado ... Ernesto
Ana Viña Ana Viña ... (as Ana Viñas)
Manuel Pereiro
Pedro Martín Planas Pedro Martín Planas
Raúl Xiqués Raúl Xiqués
Gilda Hernández Gilda Hernández
Silvia Planas Silvia Planas
Ricardo Suárez 'Tarafa' Ricardo Suárez 'Tarafa'
Carmen Garrido Carmen Garrido
Dania Miró Dania Miró
Humberto García Espinosa Humberto García Espinosa ... (as Humberto G. Espinosa)
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Storyline

When her country is taken over by socialist revolutionaries, a wealthy woman can't bear to give up all of her wealth and possessions to the new government, so she hides all of her treasures in the 12 chairs of a dining-room set. After her death her nephew finds out what she had done and, since the chairs had been "nationalized" and are now in the possession of a dozen different people, he sets out to track them down and get the treasures he believes rightfully belong to him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

Cuba

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

17 December 1962 (Cuba) See more »

Also Known As:

12 scaune See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuba See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quirky, comic thriller from the master director of third cinema
17 December 2008 | by maxwithanaxeSee all my reviews

This film comes from the cream of Cuban cinematic tradition. Released just three years after the revolution, this is a more lighthearted approach from director Tomas Gutierrez Alea.

The plot follows an Cuban exile who has returned to the island from Miami to locate his 12 English Chairs, one of which his dying mother told him contains valuable jewels. However, on his return he realises all of his property has been possessed by the government, and so goes on the trail to find them. It turns out he is not the only person on the trail, and he enlists the help of a younger man.

I enjoyed the comic elements of this film. Gutierrez Alea, best known for Memories of Underdevelopment, here provides a quirky critique of capitalism through its very self-interested protagonist, and the people who are duped into his freedom fighting scheme. The film is ideologically socialist, but Gutierrez Alea was also a critic of some Revolutionary policies and this film is not without self-irony.

This film deserves to be seen by more people than appear to have seen it (35 votes?). It's a funny, intelligent thriller that has no doubt suffered due to Cuba's geo-political situation, rather than its narrative and aesthetic achievements.


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