A Cuban worker dies accidentally and is buried together with his union card. It soon turns out that the widow will absolutely need the card for claiming her pension. Young nephew starts his hilarious fight against the authorities in order to disinter and rebury his uncle and retrieve the precious document. –IMDb
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea came from a progressive middle-class family. Born in Havana in 1928, Alea experienced a vivid career, one closely tied to the history of his country. Fidel Castro was his classmate when he studied Law at the University of Havana, where he was already engaged in making films for the Communist Party. In 1951, he enrolled at Italy’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, one of the first international film schools. There he received exposure to films from around the world. He returned to Cuba to make the Neorealism-influenced El Megano; a film about the exploitation of charcoal burners. The film was seized by the authorities of Fulgencio Batista’s government after a screening at the University campus. In the years leading to the Cuban Revolution, Alea was employed making short documentaries for Television. Upon Castro’s victory, Alea was placed in charge of building Cuba’s national film institute – ICAIC (The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry). read more
I'm going to go ahead and rate this movie even though I slept through about 15 minutes in the middle. I drank two cups of coffee before watching. two. Science argues that it was physically impossible for me to fall asleep but Death Of A Bureaucrat took the challenge head on by making an 85 minute movie feel like 4 four hour movie. They skimped out on great jokes and gave me no desire to want to know what happens next
Tan ferozmente critica como divertida, plena de imagenes y situaciones a medio camino entre el humor negro mas despiadado y el surrealismo en pleno, esta delirante cinta de Gutierrez Alea se ha convertido en una obra clave del cine cubano post-revolucionario, en la que el director, ademas, rinde homenaje a cineastas de la talla de Buñuel, Kurosawa, Bergman...todo un clasico del cine latinoamericano de los 60.