Dying of Laughter
(Muertos de risa)

Screening on Film
Directed by Alex de la Iglesia.
With Santiago Segura, El Gran Wyoming, Álex Angulo.
Spain, 1995, 35mm, color, 113 min.
Spanish with English subtitles.
Print source: Lola Films

A fatal turn of events on the evening of the live, televised reunion of a popular comedy team prompts the duo’s manager to reflect on their rise to fame. De la Iglesia chronicles the lives of comedians Nino and Bruno, who grow increasingly angry with each other the more successful they become. Parallels to real-life entertainers Martin and Lewis and Abbot and Costello are obvious, but de la Iglesia is at his most scathing in his hilarious send-ups of Spanish variety shows.

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