Recently one of the most prolific Spanish actors, José Luis López Vázquez, passed away at the age of 87. With over 200 movies and TV appearances in his portfolio, as well as many theater roles and several awards, his loss was a huge blow. Sadly, he was largely unknown internationally. While his work on eccentric movies is quite limited, they’re definitely worth a look – besides acting in the sequel to cult romp Torrente, he appeared in a TV short from the 70’s that to this day remains a hallmark of Spanish television: The Phone Box. Being masterfully executed, this unique story of a man that becomes trapped inside a phone box managed to reach levels of claustrophobia and desperation rarely experienced on TV. It very deservedly won an Emmy award.
To homage his death, the short has been posted entirely on one of Spain’s major media corporations. Although the film is obviously in Spanish, it can still be universally appreciated since there is barely any dialogue and the situation is perfectly understandable by anyone. You should seriously check this out as it’s definitely one of the creepiest shorts you will ever see.
Link: La Cabina (1972) (TV)
(keep in mind the actual short begins at exactly the 9:25 minute mark of the video)