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Welcome Mr. Marshall!

Country: Spain
Release Date: April 4, 1953
Genre(s): Comedy
Director: Luis García Berlanga
Cast: José Isbert, Manolo Morán, Lolita Sevilla …
Awards: Cannes Film Festival: Best Comedy Film; Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain: Best Original Script; National Syndicate of Spectacle, Spain: Best Film

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Welcome Mr. Marshall!

Welcome Mr Marshall! - sceneWelcome Mr. Marshall! (Spanish: ¡Bienvenido, Mister Marshall!) is a 1953 Spanish comedy film directed by Luis García Berlanga and considered one of the masterpieces of Spanish cinema. The film was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.


Plot

People of a small Spanish town, Villar del Río, hear of the visit of American diplomats that will give economical aid to the nation city by city, village by village. The town then begins preparations to impress the American visitors on the hope of benefitting under the Marshall Plan.

To demonstrate the side of Spanish culture that the American officials will be most accustomed, the citizens of Villar del Río, although unfamiliar with Andalusian costumes, hire a renowned flamenco performer and redecorate their town in Andalusian style. Later in the film, each of the central characters has a dream in which different aspects of stereotypical American culture and history are featured. One consists of a Western-like bar brawl, another the arrival of a conquistador on New World shores.


Awards

  • Cannes Film Festival: Best Comedy Film
  • Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain: Best Original
  • National Syndicate of Spectacle, Spain: Best Film

Data Sheet

Directed by: Luis García Berlanga
Produced by: Vicente Sempere
Written by: Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga and Miguel Mihura
Cast: José Isbert, Manolo Morán, Lolita Sevilla …
Music by: Jesús García Leoz
Cinematography: Manuel Berenguer
Editing by: Pepita Orduña
Release date: April 4, 1953
Running time: 95 minutes
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish

Amazon’s Customers Reviews

An irreverent acidic fable!
By Hiram Gomez Pardo

Along these four decades of oppression in Spain, Garcia Berlanga as the rest of his colleagues had to deal against the official censure. That’s why his scripts were always at the edge of the madness and unthinkable situations.

Welcome Mister Marshall’s perhaps the most acidic film of the Fifties in what concerns the nature of the plot.

An isolated and forgotten village, in Spain in the middle of nowhere is informed about the plan Marshall will come to reconstruct their lives. And so, an impressive crowd of people is forced to get on the line in order to attend their personal necessities.

And so -as you may expect- a set of laughable events will take place. The civil authority wants to pay a little homage to the American delegation and decides to convert the village in a West town.

A funny, ingenious and unforgettable black comedy that will surprise you from start to finish.

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Welcome Mr. Marshall!
Welcome Mr. Marshall! (Spanish: ¡Bienvenido, Mister Marshall!) is a 1953 Spanish comedy film directed by Luis García Berlanga and considered one of the masterpieces of Spanish cinema. The film was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival. Plot People of a small Spanish town, Villar del Río, hear of...
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