This masterpiece of black humor, beloved in Spain but too little seen elsewhere, threads a scathing critique of Franco-era values through a macabre farce about an undertaker who marries an executioner's daughter and reluctantly takes over her father's job so the family can keep their government-allotted apartment. As caustic today as it was in 1963, this early collaboration between Luis García Berlanga and his longtime screenwriter Rafael Azcona is an unerring depiction of what Berlanga called 'the invisible traps that society sets up for us'. A furiously funny personal attack on capital punishment, 'The Executioner' evaded the state censors who sought to suppress it, and today is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish films of all time.
New program on director Luis Garcia Berlanga, featuring interviews with his son Jose Luis Berlanga; film critic Carlos F. Heredero; writers Fernando R. Lafuente and Bernardo Sanchez Salas; and director of the Berlanga Film Museum Rafael Maluenda
Spanish television program from 2009 on 'The Executioner', featuring archival interviews with Berlanga