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This is how Eugenio explained how banks work in his 1983 film

This is how Eugenio explained how banks work in his 1983 film

The movies with comedians They are a subgenre of Spanish cinema that has now been forgotten (luckily?), but which generated titles like cascoporro until well into the 1990s. calatrava brothers until Little of the road, going by Tuesday and Thirteen, Joe Rigoli either The Morancos, it was enough for a comedian to achieve success on TV (preferably through the One two Three) for the big screen to open its doors.

However, today we are not here to talk about The ETE and the Oto, The robobo of the jewel, Ekipo Ja either Here comes Condemor among other jewels of our most indescribable celluloid. Instead, we have to remember A genius in trouble the movie starring Eugenio in 1983.

Unlike his illustrious colleagues, the humor that Eugenio practiced from the 1970s until his death in 2001 lacked set phrases (except for the famous “Do you know the one I gave…”), catchphrases, celebrity imitations or knockouts. The greatest invention of the comedian, born Eugeni Jofra in Barcelona (1941), he was his character as an undaunted flirt at the bar, always dressed in black and with a cubata at hand.

This heterodoxy made him especially apt to appear in a feature film, something that happened four years after its debut, when he already enjoyed an overwhelming fame. The person in charge of writing and directing the film was Lluís Josep Comerón, a veteran professional who, the previous year, had directed The rebellion of the birds a vehicle at the service of the children’s group Licorice.

Beyond the play on words in its title, A genius in trouble it does not have Eugenio playing himself. Or yes, depending on how you look at it: his role is that of Duran, an eccentric with many interests, but very little income, whose lifestyle makes his brother desperate (Agustin Gonzalez) and a source of continuous joy for his daughter (Adriana Granena).

The cast of A genius in trouble It is full of familiar faces: in it we find José Luis López Vázquez, Julieta Serrano, Mari Carmen Prendes and Juanjo Puigcorbe, among others But the intervention that interests us here is that of Antonio Ozores, another humorist then in full vogue thanks to his brother’s films Marian and his appearances on the program Chicho Ibáñez Serrador.

On the tape, Ozores does not release a single “No, son, no!” his most characteristic phrase. Instead, he appears as the director of the bank where Agustín González’s character works, and where Eugenio goes for a job interview. Which is twisted in record time thanks to the question: “Do you know how a bank works?”.

“I leave money to the bank and the bank gives me interest,” Eugenio replies, thus starting a speech that has become famous on the internet. “With my money, the bank negotiates, makes profits, builds big buildings, sponsors things, you live, distribute dividends and they make propaganda so that I go back to the bank to ask for credits that charge triple the interest that they give me”.

“Deep down, a bank is an ingenious machine for making money more expensive. Like the State, but in private,” sums up Eugenio, while a stunned Antonio Ozores drops his cigar from his mouth. And he adds: “The trick is good. A bank always sells duros for seven pesetas, with the advantage that the duros belong to others.” At this point, the banker expels the comedian from his office just as he is about to tell a joke.

A genius in trouble It was the last feature film of Eugenio’s career, and one of the few signed by Lluís Josep Comeron. The next title of the latter’s filmography was Puzzle, a noir that has fallen into almost total oblivion despite having a young man as the protagonist Antonio Banderas.

In the year of its premiere, with the Transition just completed, Eugenio’s words did not raise any controversy. But, now that the banks offer their clients even harsher conditions than then, it is inevitable to wonder what bloody gag the Catalan comedian would have come up with after listening to the smiling salesperson on duty explain the commissions they were going to charge him for using his account.

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