Viva la Muerte (film)  

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"Oublie ton père, il était rouge et athée." [Forget your father, he was a communist and an atheist]-- mother to son

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Viva la Muerte (English: Long Live Death) is a 1971 French-Tunisian drama film shot in Tunisia and directed by Fernando Arrabal.

The film was based on Arrabal's novel Baal Babilonia (1959).

Viva la Muerte takes place at the end of the Spanish Civil War, telling the story of Fando, a young boy whose father was turned in to authorities as a suspected communist by his fascist-sympathizing mother.

It has gained cult popularity as a midnight movie. The opening credits sequence features drawings by acclaimed artist, actor and novelist Roland Topor.

The film features lots of dirt transgression and animal cruelty in the style of Viennese Actionism and Mondo films.

In one scene, Federico García Lorca is unsuccessfully executed and subsequently given the coup de grace in the anus because he was a homosexual and a pedophile anyway ("alors il ne merite qu'un coup de grace dans le cul").



When Fando's fascist-sympathizing mother turns his father into the authorities as a suspected communist, Fando (Mahdi Chaouch) is told that his father was executed. In truth the father is actually just imprisoned and eventually begins to search for him, constantly imagining what his father might be up to or what might have happened to him.


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