Cómicos + Intro

Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem

As the Instituto Cervantes continues its tribute to Spanish maestro Juan Antonio Bardem (1922-2002), we bring you a very personal story from the dictatorship era that deftly circumnavigated Franco’s censors.

In post-war Spain, life is hard, and luxuries are few and far between for the working-classes. Ana Ruiz, a small-time comedienne in a travelling theatre troupe, knows an actor must make sacrifices to get that big break, including love. In his first film made without Luis García Berlanga, Bardem weaves in autobiographical elements from this world that as the son of theatre actors he knew so well, and even makes a brief appearance as a stagehand. This is a tribute to his family, and a magnificently acerbic portrait of theatre companies and the acting profession, with all its highs and lows. 

Event/ This screening will be introduced by Andy Willis, University of Salford. 

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95 minutes

Translated title:


Full English

Country of origin:
Argentina and Spain

Year of production:

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