1956. Spain/France. Juan Antonio Bardem. 97 min.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1956. Spain/France. Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem. With Betsy Blair, José Suárez. Gamblers persuade a young stud from Madrid to propose to a plain spinster. One of Bardem's masterpieces, this splendidly somber film lays bare the suffocating hypocrisy of a 1950s provincial town and the sad lives of its residents. Imprisoned while shooting the film, Bardem satisfied the censors by adding to the film a claim that the events depicted could happen anywhere. The film won the International Critics' Prize at the 1956 Venice Mostra after nearly successful attempts by censors to block its exhibition. In Spanish; English subtitles. 97 min.