Welcome Mr. Marshall!
|Welcome Mr. Marshall!|
Theatrical release poster by Francisco Fernández Zarza
|Directed by||Luis García Berlanga|
|Produced by||Vicente Sempere|
|Written by||Juan Antonio Bardem
Luis García Berlanga
|Music by||Jesús García Leoz|
|Edited by||Pepita Orduña|
It tells the story of a small Spanish town, Villar del Río, which hears of the visit of American diplomats and begins preparations to impress the American visitors in the hopes of benefiting under the Marshall Plan. A central theme of the film is the stereotypes held by both the Spanish and the Americans regarding the culture of the other. Hoping to demonstrate the side of Spanish culture with which the visiting American officials will be most accustomed, the citizens of Villar del Río (Soria) don unfamiliar Andalusian costumes, hire a renowned flamenco performer, and redecorate their town in Andalusian style. The film also displays social criticism of 1950s Spain (showing a typical Spanish village, with typical inhabitants (a priest, the majority of the population that are peasants, the mayor, and a hidalgo.)
A flamenco impresario (Manolo Morán) advises the locals to think what they will ask from the Americans. Later in the film, each of the central characters has a dream in which different aspects of stereotypical American culture and history are featured. The mayor's one consists of a Western-like bar brawl, the hidalgo dreams of the arrival of a conquistador on New World shores, in other the Americans are shown as the Three Kings parachuting their gifts over the village, and the priest sees the hoods of a Holy Week procession turn into Klansmen dragging him before the Committee on Un-American Activities accompanied by jazz music. At the end, the American motorcade speeds through the village without stopping, disappointing the locals who will have to remove the decorations and pay for the expenses.
Initially it was intended as a comic vehicle for the flamenco singer Lolita Sevilla, but Berlanga decided to give it a deeper meaning.
- Fernando Rey as Narrator (voice)
- José Isbert as Don Pablo, the mayor, a hearing-impaired old man.
- Lolita Sevilla as Carmen Vargas, a flamenco artist from Andalusia.
- Alberto Romea as Don Luis, the hidalgo.
- Manolo Morán as Manolo, the scheming agent for Carmen Vargas.
- Luis Pérez de León as Don Cosme, the priest, concerned about the American heretics.
- Elvira Quintillá as Miss Eloísa, the teacher.
- Félix Fernández as Don Emiliano, the doctor
- Nicolás D. Perchicot as the pharmacist (as Nicolás Perchicot).
- Joaquín Roa as the town crier.
- Fernando Aguirre as the secretary.
- José Franco as the general delegate.
- Rafael Alonso as the enviado
- José María Rodríguez as José
- Elisa Méndez as Doña Raquel
- Matilde López Roldán as Doña Matilde
- "Festival de Cannes: Welcome Mr. Marshall!". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
- Bienvenido, Míster Adelson, Eduardo Muriel, 26 June 2012, Público. The title is changed for Sheldon Adelson.
- Eurovegas No protesta contra el complejo proyectando 'Bienvenido Mr. Marshall', El Mundo (Spain), 26 November 2012. A group campaigning against Eurovegas screens "Welcome Mr. Marshall" as a protest.