La Muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat) Reviews

  • Jun 11, 2020

    Wonderful anarchic film.

    Wonderful anarchic film.

  • Feb 10, 2013

    Very funny, original humor and quite entertaining.

    Very funny, original humor and quite entertaining.

  • Feb 29, 2012

    Deeply satirical and critical, high point in cuban cinema

    Deeply satirical and critical, high point in cuban cinema

  • Feb 04, 2012

    I was so lukewarm about everything in the movie. Yeah, it borrows a lot of different styles from different films, which you would think would give more appreciation to the film, but the problem is that it was lacking a style of its own. I was just bored with everything. But it doesn't necessarily suck so bad that it's unwatchable. The story just gets old. A guy's Uncle is buried with his work card, so he and his Aunt are working to bury the body up, and once it's up they have to go through this crazy process to get the forms to put him back in the ground. That's a bureaucracy for you. Isn't it funny? Well, at first it is. But even at 85 minutes, the film outstays its welcome. It does my pet peeve of making things happen that wouldn't actually happen, but the filmmakers thought it would be funny. And we never really get to know anything about the lead character, except he is going through hell to get this paperwork finished. It's fantastic to see a film like this be able to be made through a strict country such as Cuba at the time. It makes sense to watch it in class during this time period and after everything we talked about, but I don't see how this is considered a classic.

    I was so lukewarm about everything in the movie. Yeah, it borrows a lot of different styles from different films, which you would think would give more appreciation to the film, but the problem is that it was lacking a style of its own. I was just bored with everything. But it doesn't necessarily suck so bad that it's unwatchable. The story just gets old. A guy's Uncle is buried with his work card, so he and his Aunt are working to bury the body up, and once it's up they have to go through this crazy process to get the forms to put him back in the ground. That's a bureaucracy for you. Isn't it funny? Well, at first it is. But even at 85 minutes, the film outstays its welcome. It does my pet peeve of making things happen that wouldn't actually happen, but the filmmakers thought it would be funny. And we never really get to know anything about the lead character, except he is going through hell to get this paperwork finished. It's fantastic to see a film like this be able to be made through a strict country such as Cuba at the time. It makes sense to watch it in class during this time period and after everything we talked about, but I don't see how this is considered a classic.

  • Sep 11, 2010

    Not too good attempt to criticise Cuban bureaucrasy. Pretty boring.

    Not too good attempt to criticise Cuban bureaucrasy. Pretty boring.

  • Jan 18, 2010

    Si hubieses nacido en EEUU y trabajases en Joyigud, hubieses sido mas famoso que el spilber.

    Si hubieses nacido en EEUU y trabajases en Joyigud, hubieses sido mas famoso que el spilber.

  • May 20, 2009

    PAN AND SCAN. Muy buena sátira. La comedia es de gran precisión. Solo al final pierde algo de ritmo. / Very good satire. The comedy has great timing. Only at the end does it lose some of its pace.

    PAN AND SCAN. Muy buena sátira. La comedia es de gran precisión. Solo al final pierde algo de ritmo. / Very good satire. The comedy has great timing. Only at the end does it lose some of its pace.

  • May 17, 2009

    Divertidisima comedia cubana, muy cercana para nosotros los venezolanos. Gutierrez Alea era definitivamente un genio. ¿Por qu{e no tenemos peliculas asi en Venezuela si la hemos pasado igual de mal?

    Divertidisima comedia cubana, muy cercana para nosotros los venezolanos. Gutierrez Alea era definitivamente un genio. ¿Por qu{e no tenemos peliculas asi en Venezuela si la hemos pasado igual de mal?

  • Apr 08, 2009

    A comical/satirical/farcical story of a man who fights a system of red-tap BS to get his uncle's body exhumed so his aunt can't get his pension. Full of ridiculous situations that escalate beyond the ordinary to the point of absurdity. Although Cuban, remains entirely relevant and critical of the American system that likely plagued with more problems.

    A comical/satirical/farcical story of a man who fights a system of red-tap BS to get his uncle's body exhumed so his aunt can't get his pension. Full of ridiculous situations that escalate beyond the ordinary to the point of absurdity. Although Cuban, remains entirely relevant and critical of the American system that likely plagued with more problems.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Jan 11, 2009

    [font=Century Gothic]"Death of a Bureaucrat" starts with the funeral of Francisco Perez(Manuel Estanillo), a sculptor of patriotic busts in Cuba who also invented a machine to mass produce them. So fondly is he remembered by his comrades as a true proletariat, that he is buried with his work card. That gesture presents a problem for his nephew Juanchin(Salvador Wood) and widow(Silvia Planas) who needs the work card if she ever wants to see any of his pension. Juanchin has no luck at the cemetary trying to exhume the body where he is told to wait two years or get a court order. However, a friendly group of workers are willing to help out. After all, what could possibly go wrong?[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Death of a Bureaucrat" is a wildly funny, absurd and playful movie that asks the question: how did this movie ever get made? I mean, revolutionaries are not especially known for their sense of humor. With conflicting reports on Cuban repression, it is hard to know how far somebody could go but the bureaucracy would seem to be a pretty ripe target no matter where you are. Juanchin digs a deeper hole for himself whenever he tries to circumvent the rules which is ironic because all he desperately needs is one person to act like a human being to cut through the red tape and make his life that much easier.[/font]

    [font=Century Gothic]"Death of a Bureaucrat" starts with the funeral of Francisco Perez(Manuel Estanillo), a sculptor of patriotic busts in Cuba who also invented a machine to mass produce them. So fondly is he remembered by his comrades as a true proletariat, that he is buried with his work card. That gesture presents a problem for his nephew Juanchin(Salvador Wood) and widow(Silvia Planas) who needs the work card if she ever wants to see any of his pension. Juanchin has no luck at the cemetary trying to exhume the body where he is told to wait two years or get a court order. However, a friendly group of workers are willing to help out. After all, what could possibly go wrong?[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Death of a Bureaucrat" is a wildly funny, absurd and playful movie that asks the question: how did this movie ever get made? I mean, revolutionaries are not especially known for their sense of humor. With conflicting reports on Cuban repression, it is hard to know how far somebody could go but the bureaucracy would seem to be a pretty ripe target no matter where you are. Juanchin digs a deeper hole for himself whenever he tries to circumvent the rules which is ironic because all he desperately needs is one person to act like a human being to cut through the red tape and make his life that much easier.[/font]