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The Executioner

  • The Executioner © EFE

    The Executioner © EFE



Feature film

Original title

El verdugo



A sarcastic and ironic reflection on human nature. Considered one of the best Spanish films.

Carmen is the daughter of Amadeo, the Court of Madrid’s executioner. She cannot find a boyfriend because they all run away when they find about her father’s profession. Jose Luis is an employee in a funeral parlour who has similar problems with women. One day, their respective professions bring the two men together and Jose Luis end up marrying Carmen. Amadeo’s profession entitles him to a subsidised flat, but as he is about to retire he will lose it. In order to avoid this, he convinces his son-in-law to accept the vacant post of executioner.

Technical specifications

Rafael Azcona, Ennio Flaiano

José Isbert, Nino Manfredi, Emma Ruiz Penella, José Luis López Vázquez, Ángel Álvarez

Tonino Delli Colli

Miguel Asins Arbó

Black and white

87 minutes


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