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Dying of Laughter (1999)

Cast: Santiago Segura, Santiago Segura, El Gran Wyoming, more...
Director: Alex De La Iglesia, Alex De La Iglesia
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Studio: Lolafilms Home Ent
Genre: Foreign, Black Comedy, Spain
Running Time: 113 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Show business legend is full of stories about comedy teams who don't get along offstage, but Muertos De Risa/Dying Of Laughter takes this notion to new heights in this story about two comedians who hate each other so much that it leads to attempted murder. In the early 1970's, Nino (Santiago Segura) is a nightclub singer whose career is going nowhere, and Bruno (El Gran Wyoming) is a comic who isn't doing any better. A talent agent, Julian (Alex Angulo), teams them up for a sketch on a popular TV show, and when Nino is suddenly stricken with stage fright on camera and can't speak, Bruno impulsively slaps him. The audience finds this hilarious, and their career as a duo is off and running -- while their personal relationship starts at a low point and keeps getting worse. Over time, Bruno steals Nino's girlfriend, Nino gets arrested for dealing drugs, the act periodically breaks up and reunites, and in the midst of a New Year's Eve broadcast in 1992, the two exchange gunfire on live TV. Starring two of Spain's most popular comedians, Muertos De Risa/Dying Of Laughter was massively popular in its initial release, and boasts exacting recreations of the look and mood of each decade presented, as well as witty references to Spain's contemporary political and social history. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide




Read GreenCine's exclusive interview with Alex de la Iglesia. "God bless Hitchcock. He never won an Oscar and never gave us a second of boredom," de la Iglesia said. No one would ever accuse the Spanish director of boring an audience. In his latest film, El Crimen Ferpecto (The Perfect Crime), he hits again on a striking mix of violence and comedy. Jonathan Marlow asks him where all those outrageous ideas come from. Full article >>

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A comedy to die for by talltale September 17, 2004 - 4:47 PM PDT
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DYING OF LAUGHTER is one of Alex de la Iglesia's better films (right up there with "La Communidad"). Terrific performances all-round help energize this politically savvy tale of fame, envy, success and love (or perhaps it's hate) set in the late Franco-era Spain. Some knowledge of Spanish politics/history is helpful, but the simple enjoyment of a well-told show-biz saga is really all that is needed to appreciate this funny, sour and nicely ironic movie. (The fashions/haircuts/attitudes from the 70s are priceless. Come on now: We didn't REALLY look like that? Yes, children, we did.)




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