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The Exquisite Cadaver (1969)

Las crueles (original title)
A grumpy publisher receives a parcel containing a hand that may or may not be fake. A woman is following him. Someone from his past? Reality and fantasy begin to intermingle.


Vicente Aranda


Vicente Aranda (screenplay), Antonio Rabinad (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Capucine ... Lucia Fonte
Carlos Estrada ... Editor
Teresa Gimpera ... Esposa del editor
Judy Matheson ... Esther
Eduardo Doménech Eduardo Doménech ... Chófer
José María Blanco José María Blanco ... Escritor
Santiago Satorre Santiago Satorre ... Niño
Joaquín Vilar Joaquín Vilar ... Niño
Manuel Bronchud Manuel Bronchud ... Vecino
Víctor Israel ... Portero
Miguel Muniesa Miguel Muniesa ... Empleado Correos
Luis Ciges ... Funcionario
Luis Induni ... Comisario
Francisco Jarque Francisco Jarque ... Detective
Ignacio B. Malacilla Ignacio B. Malacilla ... Camarero


In the Barcelona of the late sixties, a publisher of novels began to receive packages with a macabre content. The appearance of a mysterious woman who seems related to the packages, together with the increasingly tight relationship with his wife, will lead him to a situation of dramatic outcome. Written by jsanchez

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Crime | Thriller







Spanish | French

Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

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The Exquisite Cadaver See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Films Montana See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was one of the most expensive jobs and with greater budget of the director, Vicente Aranda. In addition to a long gestation and legal problems, the director suffered an accident that complicated the work, being necessary to build a stretcher adapted to him so that he could finish directing the project. See more »

Alternate Versions

Reduced cut version for Spain running 95 minutes See more »


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amazing scene involving a fridge

A real surprise, this Vincent Aranda movie that plays more like a French movie. Uneasy narrative flow, many arty moments, different versions of the story unfold and reality not always something certain and a surreal edge. Indeed the main guy in this reminded me of Gaston Modot who starred in L'Age D'Or - he seemed to hold his jaw the same way and move with that slightly awkward motion akin to a lurch. Everyone performs well and helps this sometimes demanding movie always compelling and memorable. The English actress, Judy Matherson is excellent as the mysterious girl with a death wish who only appears in flashbacks. Strange to think that the same year she made this she also appeared in an episode of Coronation Street. Indeed after this and a few Hammer movies she returned to TV. Aranda made the equally compelling, Blood Spattered Bride after this and I recall that too having a similar dream like quality. There is an amazing scene involving a fridge but as I've resisted this long, I won't give it away now.

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