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Plácido

Posted by martinteller on September 28, 2010

Placido is a working-class driver for hire, working for a Christmas charity pageant.  If he doesn’t make his car payment, he’ll lose his livelihood… but it becomes abundantly clear that despite appearances, charity is in short supply.  In this lively Bunuel-esque farce about hypocrisy, Berlanga mostly takes aim at the bourgeois, but doesn’t really let anyone off the hook, including Placido.  Just as good as El Verdugo, and even slightly funnier, the only real shortcoming is that the film’s pace and temperament is so manic you start to wish for a few pauses in the action.  Still, it’s a terrific satire with heaps of amusing characters and situations, a sharp critique of fascist Spain.  Rating: 8

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