Wednesday, July 18, 2007

la cabina

This surreal and scary Spanish short from director Antonio Mercero is the stuff of legend. Winner of the 1972 Emmy International Award for Fiction, it was originally shown in the UK during the early months of Channel 4, burning itself onto the retinas of those young impressionable children luckily enough to have sneaked downstairs to watch it.

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The plot is diabolical in it's simplicity. An average joe (Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez) gets trapped in a phonebox after walking his son to school....Onlookers tried to free him but to no avail as his embarrassment slowly turns to frustration and fear...

Then the men from the telephone company arrive, but his relief turn to horror as he realises what they have in store for him....

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