A satirical look at the cold, rigidity intrinsic to bureaucracy told through a formal style that is as much indebted to Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd as it is to The Trial. A series of escalating circumstances and misunderstandings in which the disjointed mechanisms of an expansive bureaucratic system send a man on a comedic and absurdist escapade which begins with a simple mistake that ultimately spirals further and further out of control. This is a lot of fun and while it is culturally and historically specific, what it projects is certainly universal. The escalating circumstances, the toll they place on the psyche of the main protagonist both physically and mentally leads to the denouement in which he lashes out in frustration - his actions a rebellion against a system that creates more harm than good for the people. Chock full of filmic references to a vast array of cinematic masters that Tomás Gutiérrez Alea outright acknowledges and thanks in the film's opening title card, Death of a Bureaucrat quite the political satire and deserves a bigger audience.
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