The Executioner [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1963]

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Special Features

  • New English Subtitle Translation
  • New interview with Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar
  • New program on Director Luis Garcia Berlanga; film critic Carlos F. Heredero;Writers Fernando R. Lafuente and Bernardo Sanchez Salas; and Director of the Berlanga Film Museum Rafael Maluenda
  • New, restored 4k digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Plus: An essay by film critic David Cairns
  • Spanish television program from 2009 on The Executioner, featuring archival interviews with Berlanga
  • Trailer


El Verdugo
The business of death provides the framework for this black comedy about a mortician's assistant who wants to marry an executioner's daughter. Her father really wants to change professions, but cannot, as he will lose his new government-sponsored apartment. The young man is persuaded to take over the job, but he swears he will quit before he must kill someone. Unfortunately, an execution is scheduled shortly before the beginning of a major carnival, a time when many executions are halted. The bride and groom travel there, hoping the victim will be pardoned, but he is not and the groom must fulfill his duty. Although he swears he will never do another, his face tells another story, and the old executioner knows that many more state-sanctioned deaths will follow. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Nino Manfredi
    Nino Manfredi - Jose Luis
  • Angel Alvarez
    Angel Alvarez - Alvarez
  • Guido Alberti
    Guido Alberti - Governor of Prison
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    Maria Luisa Ponte - Stefania
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    Julia Caba Alba
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