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Long Live Death ()

Viva la muerte (original title)
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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 more »

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La Tante / The aunt
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La Mère / The mother
Mahdi Chaouch ...
Fando / Son
Ivan Henriques ...
Tosan / Le Père-The father
Jazia Klibi ...
Thérèse / Fando's friend
Suzanne Comte ...
La Grand-mère / Grandmother
Jean-Louis Chassigneux ...
Le Grand-père / Grandfather
Mohamed Bellasoued ...
Colonel
Victor Garcia ...
Fando / 20 ans-yo
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Fernando Arrabal ... (as Arrabal)

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Fernando Arrabal ... (by) (as Arrabal)
 
Fernando Arrabal ... (novel "Baal Babylone") (as Arrabal)
 
Claudine Lagrive ... (co-scenario writer)

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Hassen Daldoul ... executive producer (as Hassene Daldoul)
Jean Velter ... executive producer

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Jean-Marc Ripert

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Laurence Leininger

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Kahéna Attia ... assistant film editor
Dominique Landman ... assistant film editor

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Hachemi Marzouk

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Heger Daldoul ... makeup artist
Phuong Maittret ... makeup artist

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Férid Boughedir ... first assistant director

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Hachemi Marzouk ... sculptor
Roland Topor ... drawings (as Topor)

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Pierre-Louis Calvet ... sound mixer (as Pierre Calvet)
R. Youlak ... sound recordist

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Azzedine Ben Ammar ... second assistant camera
Touhami Kochbati ... camera operator
Ridha Sraies ... camera operator

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Jean-Yves Bosseur ... musical director

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Henda Bouhaouala ... direction secretary
Jacques Poitrenaud ... technical advisor

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Long Live Death (United States)
  • Long Live Death (World-wide, English title)
  • Да живее смъртта (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Да здравствует смерть (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Viva la Muerte (Portugal)
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Jonas in the Desert (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Ekkoleg See more »

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