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Another son, the Spanish punk rocker Carlos Berlanga, died in 2002.

Luis García Berlanga was a consistently disruptive presence in Spanish cinema of the second half of the 20th century.

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Unlike Luis Bunuel, whose works were banned in Spain, Berlanga was never overtly political.

Instead he challenged the regime by holding up a mirror to Spanish society, exposing the delusions, deceptions and petty cruelties behind the Francoist pillars of family, Church and nation.

Though, as he was proud to claim, he was the film director most often hauled up before the censors to explain his intentions, his films were always ambiguous enough to allow for more benign interpretations.

Berlanga established his reputation in 1953 with Bienvenido, Mister Marshall! ), a comedy about an impoverished Castilian village trying to transform itself into a picture postcard paradise in the forlorn hope of persuading a group of visiting American dignitaries to part with Marshall Aid dollars.

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It caused an international outcry when the Spanish government, which had recently executed three political opponents, tried to prevent its screening at the 1963 Venice Film Festival (where it won the critics' award).

Ironically, but in a way typical of the critical reception of Berlanga's work, there was no consensus of opinion as to how the film should be interpreted.

Remarkably, the film escaped significant censorship in Spain, though it missed out on a prize at the Cannes Film Festival after being vetoed by Edward G Robinson, who found it "anti-American".

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