Cinema: Unlikely Comedies

Not on Your Life offers a mordant answer to the question: Can a hearse driver find happiness with an executioner's daughter? This black comedy from Spain thus uses the weapons of farce to mount a small, stinging attack against capital punishment, though Director Luis Berlanga too often evokes laughter and stifles it at the same time.

Hero Nino Manfredi is a cheerful, sensitive young chap who chauffeurs cadavers around Madrid. One day he meets the public executioner's daughter (Emma Penella), a deep-bosomed spinster whose marriage opportunities have been blighted by her father's profession. Already bound by the facts of death, the daughter...

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