Cabina, La

Date: 1972
Director: Antonio Mercero
Production Company: Televisión Española (TVE)

Stars: José Luis López Vázquez
Location(s): Castile and León, Madrid (Spain)

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A surreal film in which a man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him.

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Screen shots uploaded by Phil Wilkinson/updated by David Wilson

Also known as ‘The Telephone Box’ (English title)

A Spanish television film remembered by many.

 

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The day dawns over Madrid. Looking towards Calle Rodríguez San Pedro with the tower of Iglesia Nuestra Señora de los Dolores visible upper left.

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Tilting down from image lacab001 sees a truck approach carrying a telephone booth. Plaza de Arapiles situated between Calla Rodriguez San Pedro, Calla Arapiles, Calle San Bernardo and Plaza del Conde del Valle de Súchil in Madrid.

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The camera follows the truck as it backs up to the square. Plaza de Arapiles in the Arapiles district of Madrid.

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Telephone company workers carry the booth into position. Plaza de Arapiles.

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After installing the booth, the workers depart leaving the door ajar. Plaza de Arapiles, Madrid.

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The workers drive away. Facing south towards Calle Rodríguez San Pedro in Plaza de Arapiles.

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A gardener waters plants in the square. Plaza de Arapiles in Madrid.

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The booth stands silent as the morning passes. Plaza de Arapiles.

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A Man (José Luis López Vázquez) and his Son (Moisés García) enter the park from the east. Plaza de Arapiles, Madrid.

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The Son retrieves his football from the new phone booth. Plaza de Arapiles.

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When the school bus arrives, the Man says goodbye to his Son. Plaza de Arapiles to the north of central Madrid.

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The Man watches his Son leave. Plaza de Arapiles.

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The Man decides to make a call from the new booth. Plaza de Arapiles, Madrid.

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The booth's door slowly closes. Plaza de Arapiles.

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The Man realises that he cannot get out of the booth. Plaza de Arapiles with the offices of Aresa Seguros (Aresa Insurance) on Calle Arapiles in the background. Madrid 28015, Spain.

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Two workers (Felipe Martín Puertas and José Montijano) attempt to release the Man. Plaza de Arapiles.

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As the square gets busier, an audience gathers. Plaza de Arapiles in Madrid.

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When the workers fail to free the captive, a well built Man (Tito García) also attempts to open the door. Plaza de Arapiles.

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Firemen arrive and their Chief (Goyo Lebrero) prepares to break the booth's glass. Plaza de Arapiles, Madrid.

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Before the Fireman can inflict any damage, telephone workers appear and take the booth with the man inside. Plaza de Arapiles.

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Local residents cheer and wave as the booth is taken away. Unconfirmed location.

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Children follow the telephone truck as it leaves the square. Plaza de Arapiles, Madrid, Spain.

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The bemused Man is taken on a journey. Unknown location.

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The truck drives along Madrid highways. Unidentified location.

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Young occupants of a following car spot the Man. Unknown location.

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The Man becomes embarrassed when the car catches up. Unidentified location.

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Another man in a booth is passed . . . . he leaves when his call is finished. Unknown location.

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The truck negotiates its way out of the city. Los 'scalextric' de Atocha near Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, Madrid. The 'fly-over' roads have been removed in recent years. The spray of one of the two "Fuente de la Alcachofa" (Artichoke fountains) is visible just above the middle part of the shot.

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The truck emerges from an underpass. This seems to be the Tunel de Maria de Molina in Madrid 28006 that emerges next to the Calle de María de Molina. This exit point is just next to the junction for the Calle de Lopez de Hoyos.

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The truck passes through suburbs. Unidentified location.

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The Man's fear grows when he sees a corpse in a glass coffin. Unknown location.

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When the truck stops at traffic signals, another truck pulls alongside carrying Another Man (Agustín González) in a similar predicament. Unidentified location.

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The second booth is driven away. Unknown location.

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People stare as the glass prison passes. Unidentified location.

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The Man's journey continues. Unknown location.

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High rise buildings are seen through the glass panels of the booth. Unidentified location.

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A last view of the city as the Man is carried into the country. Unknown location.

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After hours of travelling, a helicopter appears and hovers overhead. Possibly Calle Poblado del Salto, Castile and León, Spain.

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Nearing the end of the journey. This appears to be Calle Poblado del Salto, a winding road near La Presa de Aldeadávila (Aldeadávila Dam) across the Douro River on the border between Spain and Portugal some 60 miles west of Salamanca.

The final view of the world that the man sees. Aldeadávila Dam, Castile and León, Spain.

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In 1998, some 26 years after the film was made, Retevision made a television commercial featuring José Luis López Vázquez in which the door of the booth opened and the Man walked free.