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Long Live the Bride and Groom

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Long Live the Bride and Groom
¡Vivan los novios! | Luis García Berlanga, 1970
Spain | Spanish with English subtitles | 83 minutes

On the eve of his wedding in sun-drenched Sitges, a middle-aged banker abandons his ailing elderly mother to lust after an alluring beachgoer. Returning to find his dead mother floating in the pool, Leo (José Luis López Vázquez) and his brother go to absurd lengths to hide the body so as not to disrupt the wedding plans. One of many collaborations with screenwriter Rafael Azcona, Berlanga’s first film in color abounds with morbid and gleefully vulgar gags as Leo is driven to farcical distraction.

Series: Spanish Cinema Now

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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