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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 »

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Fernando Arrabal (as Arrabal)

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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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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 »

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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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Essential viewing for surrealist cineastes
29 January 2003 | by AfraciousSee all my reviews

Viva la Muerte begins with the credits over a view of surreal Roland Topor images while a pleasant tune plays. The film's central figure is a young boy named Fando, who lives with his mother. His father has been arrested during the Spanish Civil War. Fando later finds a letter and discovers his mother turned his father in to the authorities. This triggers off the many fantasy sequences of Fando. Arrabal uses grainy filtered footage during these sequences and gives them several different colours. The film is full of frenzy. It was created by someone with a furious imagination. The bull slaughter scene is a masterful surrealist sequence. It is a remarkable film and essential viewing for anyone interested in surrealism.


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