The first instalment in the Nacional trilogy with which director Luis García Berlanga and scriptwriter Rafael Azcona sought to portray the new Spain that rose after Francoism is a hilarious coral comedy, with grotesque and surrealist touches denouncing the problems caused by politics and economy. Issues as universal as influence peddling, corruption, bribery and blackmail, which are still fully relevant in the third decade of the 21st century. Among an impressive cast, which includes some of the best actors in the history of Spanish cinema, it is striking to see starlet Bárbara Rey, famous for her alleged romance at the time with King Juan Carlos I.
A Catalan manufacturer of electronic doormen travels to Madrid, accompanied by his lover, to attend a hunt that he himself has organised. His aim is to meet people from Spanish high society to promote his business. At the estate of the Marquis of Leguineche he meets various characters and experiences a multitude of situations that are as absurd as they are crazy.