Plácido

 

Plácido

In a small provincial town a group of pious women, whose charity events are always ostentatious, organize a Christmas campaign called “Sit a Poor Person at Your Table”. To find support for their campaign they look for the sponsorship of some makers of pressure cookers, and invite a group of second-rate artists, who come from the capital city for this purpose, and are received with enthusiasm at the train station. The humanitarian day includes a colourful parade, a public auction for the guests and a carefully planned radio broadcast.

The person in charge of organising this ostentatious chain of events is Quintanilla, who has hired Plácido for the occasion, a poor man who has to cooperate with the three-wheeled van he has just bought and hasn’t even started to pay for. The action-packed activity that Plácido is involved in prevents him from paying the first instalment of the van before the deadline, which ends that night. From that moment on, Plácido tries to find a solution to his problem by any means he can, while he is taken from one place to the other, and is involved in a series of unexpected incidents, including an especially embarrassing one that stands out. A beggar has an angina during the dinner, so the organization committee has to go to the house where he had been taken in. When they get there, they find out that the dying man is cohabiting with a female indigent and they decide to improvise a wedding so that death will not find him living in sin. After that, Plácido’s three-wheeled van is once more summoned to take the deceased to the shack where he used to live.

Production year
1961

Release Date in Spain
1961

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