Cantinflas (English Subtitled)

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  • The Movie Man 1 year ago
    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Recalling a Mexican Film Star, November 27, 2014
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    The Movie Man (Maywood, New Jersey USA) –
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    This review is from: Cantinflas [DVD + Digital] (DVD)
    “Cantinflas” is the true story of Mexico’s most famous comedy film star, known in this country mostly for the film “Around the Word in 80 Days” (1956), in which he starred as Passepartout, Phileas Fogg’s right-hand man and the movie’s comic relief. “Cantinflas” focuses on the period in his life when Broadway producer Mike Todd (Michael Imperioli) decides to make his Hollywood debut with a big-budget, all-star production of the Jules Verne novel.

    Though he rose to fame in the 1940s and never starred in silent pictures, Cantinflas is often compared to Charlie Chaplin. Like Chaplin, he adopted ragged clothes, baggy pants, adding undersized hat, bandana, and two tiny bits of mustache, and played the wise-cracking peasant who gets the best of the bureaucracy and upper-class society types with his sharp, witty patter. He appeared in 55 films over a long career.

    Oscar Jaenada does an impressive job channeling the real Cantinflas and director Sebastian Del Amo nicely establishes the era in which Cantinflas lived and worked. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles, and sometimes in English with Spanish subtitles.

    There are no bonus extras on the DVD release.

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  • Karl Weaver 1 year ago
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Mexican Comedian You Probably Didn’t Know, February 24, 2015
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    Karl Weaver (California, USA) –

    This review is from: Cantinflas [DVD + Digital] (DVD)
    When I heard of this film I had never heard of Cantinflas, and all I knew was that he was a Mexican comedian. At first I thought perhaps it was his stand-up act. Instead this is actually a complex biographical film, about not one but at least two people who rose from obscurity to fame, their fates intertwined. One was Mario Moreno, who rose from small tent shows to become Mexico’s most famous theatre comedian, and as the Mexican film industry began to take off, a major star in it as well. He made films for the rest of his life—some 55 in all.

    During his rise to fame he fell in love with and married a blonde Russian girl who sadly, was unable to conceive the children they both wanted. That, and the allurements of his fame very nearly destroyed their marriage, but in the end, it was nice to see, they reconciled and were very close until the end of her life (with him at her side).

    The other was the Hollywood film producer, or WOULD-BE Producer, Mike Todd who had dreams of making a huge splash with his first major film, Around the World in 80 Days, based on the Jules Verne novel. Todd had dreams of an all-star cast including people like Liz Taylor, all of whom ignored his advances. He also spoke with Moreno/Cantinflas but at the time only offered him a bit part for which he had no interest. At the last minute, before a scheduled press conference about this “vaporware” film with no actors, Cantinflas appears for a lunch with Todd and executives from United Artists and says he’ll do it—so long as he gets one of the leading roles: Passepartout, a right-hand man and comic character. And thus the film came back to life, and Mario Moreno, a Mexican, lands a leading role in a Hollywood film back in the 1940’s—something unheard of then, and rare to this day.

    The movie follows his acting career, his personal life, his involvement in the union movement, and illustrates how well-known he became (for example, a personal note from Charlie Chaplin calling him the world’s greatest comedian).

    It is supposed to be sub-titled, and is, but the majority of the dialog is in Spanish with English subtitles. At other points the dialog is in English with Spanish sub-titles, so it is truly a bilingual production. It was a bit long overall at about 1 hr 50 minutes, but a quite interesting slice of history. I give it a B.

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  • RedRonin 1 year ago
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic, December 30, 2014
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    Fantastic!! Especially getting to know the man behind Cantiflas. The rags to riches story is a true inspiration. I had heard that Charlie Chaplin thought highly of Cantiflas, it was great to have that moment in the film…..hope someone makes a film about chespirito who just passed away.
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