La escopeta nacional

With Franco's overdue demise in 1975, Berlanga was finally able to let loose with this scathing satire about the corrupt and concupiscent ruling class. An oily manufacturer, Jaume Canivell (in a riotous turn by José Sazatornil) sponsors a hunt on the estate of a nobleman who has fallen on hard times. The guests-aristocrats, an exiled dictator, movie stars, a self-righteous priest, kept women, and a Francoist minister-are all fair game for Jaume's real aim, advantage in the marketplace. Between petty rivalries, sexual kinks, and governmental upheaval, Berlanga's madcap Shotgun stays on target with a load of high-impact and hilarious shot. 

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