About the film
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The Great Madcap
Release Date: November 25, 1949
|Production Companies||:||Ultramar Films|
|Producers||:||Óscar Dancigers, Fernando Soler, Antonio de Salazar, Alberto A. Ferrer, Federico Amérigo|
|Writers||:||Luis Alcoriza, Janet Alcoriza, Adolfo Torrado|
Buñuel's first "comeback" film since "L'Age d'Or" in 1930 (he made only a few musicals in the interim), "El Gran Calavera" concerns a family's attempts to change the patriarch's somewhat indulgent and hedonistic ways by fooling him into thinking his large fortune is gone. They assume a life of poverty in Mexico in an attempt to teach him a lesson. However, he discovers it's a ruse, but continues to perpetuate the facade of ignorance while sneaking off during the day to conduct his thriving business. Why? To teach his family a lesson - they are all lazy, worthless leeches!