Synopsis by Linda Rasmussen
El Gran Calavera a dark comedy directed by Luis Buñuel deals with a family's attempt to change the spending habit of the indulgent and hedonistic patriarch, Alfredo (Luis Alconira). The family decides to try to fool him into spending less by telling him that his large fortune is gone. He discovers that this is a ruse but -- in order to teach his family that they are all worthless and lazy and to vindicate his own reputation -- he continues to feign ignorance while sneaking off during the day to conduct his very prosperous business.
deception, patriarch, sex