Death of a Bureaucrat (La muerte de un burócrata)

Scene from the film Death of a Bureaucrat
scene from the film DEATH OF A BUREAUCRAT

A man is buried with honors and his work card, the same card his widow needs to receive her pension. Her nephew rallies to her side, unleashing a runaway comedy of Kafkaesque red tape. Gutiérrez Alea (Memories of Underdevelopment) pays homage to early film comics including Chaplin, Keaton, Harold Llloyd and a sequence straight out of Laurel and Hardy, as well as referencing Hollywood B-movies, Buñuel, Vigo, Bergman and even Marilyn Monroe in his madcap satire.

Screening in a recent 4K restoration by the Academy Film Archive and the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industrias Cinematográficos.

Part of our Restorations & Rediscoveries and Cine con Cultura series