La muerte de un burócrata

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La muerte de un burócrata
Death of a Bureaucrat.jpg
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Screenplay by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Starring Salvador Wood
Silvia Planas
Manuel Estanillo
Music by Leo Brouwer
Cinematography Ramón F. Suárez
Edited by Mario González
Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industrias Cinematográficos
Release date
  • 24 July 1966 (1966-07-24)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Cuba
Language Spanish

La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat) is a 1966 comedy film by Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea which pokes fun at the Communist bureaucracy and red tape and how it affects the lives of the common people who have to waste time and overcome hurdles just to get on with their ordinary lives.

The story begins with the death of a model worker, who is buried with his labor card as a badge of honor. However, his widow is told she needs that card to claim the benefits she is entitled. The story then takes several surreal turns, as the family of the dead man try to recover the precious card from the grave.


Special Jury Prize – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

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