The Last Supper (1976 film)

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The Last Supper
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Produced by ICAIC
Screenplay by Tomás González, María Eugenia Haya, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Starring Nelson Villagra
Silvano Rey Jose Antonio Rodriguez
Luns Alberto Garcia
Samuel Claxton
Mario Balmaseda
Music by Leo Brouwer
Cinematography Mario García Joya
Edited by Nelson Rodríguez
Release date
December 1976 (Spain)
October 1977 (USA)
November 1977 (Cuba)
Running time
120 mins
Country Cuba
Language Spanish

The Last Supper (La última cena in Spanish) a 1976 Cuban historical film directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, produced by the Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) and starring Nelson Villagra as the Count.[1]


The film tells the story of a pious Havana plantation owner in the 1790s, during Cuba's Spanish colonial period. The plantation owner decides to recreate the Biblical Last Supper using twelve of the slaves working in his sugarcane fields, hoping to thus teach the slaves about Christianity.

In a misguided attempt to enlighten his African-originating slaves, a Count invites twelve of them to a dinner on Maundy Thursday in a re-enactment of the Last Supper with himself as Christ.[2] Whilst they eat and drink, he also feeds them religious rhetoric and attempts to instruct them in the workings of Christianity. He promises them a day off for the following Good Friday and commits to freeing one of the slaves. However, when these promises are not held up the next day, the slaves rebel. They (the twelve slaves whom he reenacted the last supper) are then all hunted down and killed by their master, except one who escapes.[1][3]

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