"La muerte de un burócrata" ( Cuba, 1966) at the Palace Theatre on

14 June 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 8 p.m. 
Palace Theatre (downtown L.A.)
co-presented with Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles
Black and white; 35mm
85 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles

A free, bilingual (Spanish and English) Q&A session about the film and the theatre will immediately follow the screening.

About the Film

La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat) is a Spanish-language comedy with English subtitles. Set in the early days of Castro’s Cuba, the film pokes fun at red tape and communist bureaucracy and is as laugh-out-loud funny today as it was fifty years ago.


When a model worker dies accidentally, as a badge of honor, he is buried with his labor card. Hilarious antics ensue when his widow realizes she needs the labor card to claim her pension. Since it is against regulations to exhume the body, the widow robs the grave. But she can't rebury the body since there's no record of the exhumation in the first place. And where can the family keep the body while they are unraveling the red tape?


This masterful comedy was one of  Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s earliest successes, and alludes to the work of comedy greats Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy.

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Evening Host: Betto Arcos, independent radio producer, and freelance music/arts journalist.

Special Performance by 
Philip Graulty guitarist, music educator, and cultural producer whose work is often rooted in interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. Graulty will be performing pieces from the legendary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer preceding the film.

Purchase tickets beginning April 12 at HERE

Click here to read María Elena de las Carreras, Ph.D essay about La muerte de un burócrata 









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