Halfway through the Eighties, Berlanga pushed the envelope once again by directing the first comedy set during the Spanish Civil War. A group of Republican soldiers venture forth to steal a bull from pro-Franco forces, undermining a local festival in their attempt to procure food. But their operation soon goes awry, and a series of increasingly outlandish situations ensues. In Berlanga’s satirical treatment of war, only incompetence triumphs.
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