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Death of a Bureaucrat

  • Film
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Time Out says

This arresting early work by one of Cuba's foremost film-makers is a black comedy about institutionalised bureaucracy at its most pedantic. After a model factory worker is killed in an accident at work, he's buried with his union card as a mark of eternal solidarity; trouble is, when his wife applies for a pension, she's told she must present the card before she can get any money - and there's a law forbidding exhumation within the first two years of burial. It's a surprising piece to have been made in the Cuba of the mid-'60s, but the laughs come as much from a Buñuelian sense of absurdity as they do from any outright criticism of Castro's regime.
Written by TJ

Release Details

  • Duration:85 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
  • Screenwriter:Alfredo del Cueto, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
  • Cast:
    • Salvador Wood
    • Silvia Planas
    • Manuel Estanillo
    • Gaspar de Santelices
    • Carlos Ruiz de la Tejera
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