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148 Ratings

Death of a Bureaucrat

La muerte de un burócrata

Cuba, 1966


A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape.

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Death of a Bureaucrat Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Critics reviews

Even though Death of a Bureaucrat—a comedy highlighting the exhausting governmental bureaucracy in Cuba—poked fun at aspects of Communism, it showcased Alea’s creative sensibilities as a groundbreaking filmmaker, able to criticize aspects of his own government while staying loyal to the revolution.
May 06, 2016
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Notable mostly for its range, going from Kafkaesque satire to the slapstick street brawl that recalls the opening dedication to Laurel and Hardy. Less impressive on second viewing, maybe because I already knew what to expect; still inventive, till it peters out in the last few minutes.
March 01, 2015
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