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Long Live Death (1971)

Viva la muerte (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 12 May 1971 (France)
At the end of the Spanish civil war, Fando, a boy of about ten, tries to make sense of war and his father's arrest. His mother is religious, sympathetic to the Fascists; his father is ... See full summary »

Director:

Fernando Arrabal (as Arrabal)

Writers:

Fernando Arrabal (by) (as Arrabal), Fernando Arrabal (novel) (as Arrabal) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anouk Ferjac ... La Tante / The aunt
Núria Espert ... La Mère / The mother
Mahdi Chaouch Mahdi Chaouch ... Fando / Son
Ivan Henriques Ivan Henriques ... Tosan / Le Père-The father
Jazia Klibi Jazia Klibi ... Thérèse / Fando's friend
Suzanne Comte Suzanne Comte ... La Grand-mère / Grandmother
Jean-Louis Chassigneux Jean-Louis Chassigneux ... Le Grand-père / Grandfather
Mohamed Bellasoued Mohamed Bellasoued ... Colonel
Victor Garcia Victor Garcia ... Fando / 20 ans-yo
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Storyline

At the end of the Spanish civil war, Fando, a boy of about ten, tries to make sense of war and his father's arrest. His mother is religious, sympathetic to the Fascists; his father is accused of being a Red. Fando discovers that his mother may have aided in his father's arrest. Sometimes we witness Fando imagining explanations for what's going on; sometimes we see him at play, alone or with his friend Thérèse. Oedipal fantasies and a lad's natural curiosity about sex and death mix with his search for his mother's nature and his father's fate. Will Fando survive the search? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Tunisia

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 May 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Long Live Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Tunisia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Isabelle Films, Satpec See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Fernando Arrabal. See more »

Goofs

When Fando is up at the lighthouse and urinates on the city, a hose behind his legs is clearly visible at times. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Der Todesking: The Death King (1990) See more »

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Siesta
Written by Raymond Le Sénéchal and Eddie Barclay (as Édouard Ruault)
Performed by Jean-Yves Bosseur Et Ses Amis
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typical of its time
26 May 2003 | by damien-16See all my reviews

Whether you like them or not, the images are haunting. I saw this film 31 years ago and still remember some sequences vividly. You might argue that the anarcho-surrealism is intellectualised, a pose. But you cannot deny that it is effective. The message gets across, even if a sledgehammer approach is required. But it also is very poetic: the poetry of cruelty. I suppose this kind of establishment bashing was considered very chic in those days. Now it looks dated, unfortunately. But at the time, it shook me profoundly.


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