The Tenant (1957 film)
The Tenant (Spanish: El inquilino) is a 1957 Spanish drama film directed by José Antonio Nieves Conde and starring Fernando Fernán-Gómez about how difficult it was to find an affordable flat in Madrid. At the time it was banned by Spanish censors, and when it was re-released two years later, the film was edited, the dialogue was sanitized for political purposes, and the ending was changed to a happier one. It also failed at the box office.
Spanish theatrical release poster
|Directed by||José Antonio Nieves Conde|
|Written by||José Luis Duró|
José Antonio Nieves Conde
José María Pérez Lozano
|Starring||Fernando Fernán Gómez|
|Music by||Miguel Asins Arbó|
|Edited by||Margarita de Ochoa|
|Distributed by||Delta film|
In the 90's, an un-cut and uncensored print was discovered and restored by Filmoteca Española (Spanish Cinemateque). The film is now considered a classic.
The film takes a critical look at the issue of affordable housing in Madrid in the 1950s. It follows a family and their four children who are evicted from their flat. They try against the clock to find a new place to live while the one they are renting is torn down around them to make way for more expensive apartments. This social drama takes a daring approach during Francisco Franco's dictatorship to demonstrate the consequences of the rampant speculation in real estate that was taking place, and its effects on the lower and middles classes.
- D'Lugo p.182
- D'Lugo, Marvin. Guide to the Cinema of Spain. Greenwood Publishing, 1997.