Fun Times at Madrid’s Precinct: The Executioner Review

Luis Garcia Berlanga’s The Executioner (1963) deals with the personal issues of an undertaker in his young adult life, as he becomes the brand new executioner in Madrid. How does he get the job? He marries the daughter (Emma Penella) of the long-time executioner, Amadeo (Jose Isbert). The marriage comes out of nowhere when the young man is caught making love with the daughter and he uses the excuse of marriage to excuse himself as a decent man. We are not sure if they actually love each other or if they are together because no one one’s willing to marry the daughter of an executioner as well as no one will bother marrying an insecure undertaker. He gets her pregnant.

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