Open the box 1,034, there was the treasure of Luis García Berlanga. Three publications were waiting at the Cervantes Institute for the centenary of the filmmaker’s birth this coming Saturday, June 12: two works about his work (a copy of the French magazine L’Avant-scène with the script of The executioner and the book about the filmmaker written by Antonio Gómez Rufo, Against the power and the glory) and the script of Long live Russia!, which would have been the fourth part of the saga National (The national shotgun, National heritage Y National III). That project was postponed due to the death of Luis Escobar (who played the Marquis of Leguineche). In those nineties, Andrés Vicente Gómez pre-produced the comedy, but was paralyzed by the death of its protagonist and the lack of public subsidy. The plot illustrated the arrival of the Leguineche in Miami.
The box has been opened by his grandsons Fidel and Jorge García Berlanga. Along with them, the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero, and the president of the Spanish Film Academy, Mariano Barroso. The legacy deposited in the box has been transferred, accompanied by a Valencian music band, to the exhibition that the Film Academy opened yesterday, Wednesday, Berlanguiano. Luis García Berlanga (1921-2021). His grandson Jorge spoke, before discovering the secret, “about the duende” of his grandfather, nonconformist and free.
Barroso has read the first two sequences of Long live Russia! It starts with Luis José (the character played by José Luis López Vázquez) and an airplane. A group of elderly people carry a banner that reads “The last exiles salute the Spain of ’92.” One, more dead than alive, waves a Republican flag. In the cockpit of the plane Luis José is to read a lot of sadomasochistic magazines. And he looks disgusted … The libretto is signed by Rafael Azcona, Berlanga, his son Jorge and Manuel Hidalgo. In the Cervantes, José Luis García Berlanga, son of the director, explained that the script was rewritten after the death of Escolar, but that it did not reach more.
On May 27, 2008, Luis García Berlanga (Valencia, June 12, 1921-Madrid, November 13, 2010) deposited in the security box number 1,034 of the old central bank vault, converted by the Cervantes Institute into the Caja de las Letras that same year, a sealed envelope whose content he decided would not be revealed until June 2021. Although García Berlanga did not want to publicize the content, in what was one of his last public appearances, his son Jorge Berlanga then speculated that it could be “a script, a memoir or a devastating message to humanity.” In the end it was the script of Long live Russia! The Valencian was the first filmmaker to leave a message in the Caja de las Letras.