Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity / Edition 1

Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity / Edition 1

by Jeffrey M. Pilcher
ISBN-10:
0842027718
ISBN-13:
9780842027717
Pub. Date:
12/28/2000
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity / Edition 1

Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity is a revealing probe into the life and times of Mario Moreno, Latin America's most famous film star from the 1940s to the 1970s. This book helps to illuminate the social and cultural history of twentieth-century Mexico.

Cantinflas (Moreno's film persona) was the most popular movie star in Mexican history. A fast-talking, nonsensical character, he helped Mexicans embrace their rich mestizo identity and cope with the difficulties of modernization. For thirty years he served as a "weapon of the weak," satirizing corrupt officials and pompous elites who victimized Mexico's urban poor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780842027717
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/2000
Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxi
Chronologyxiii
Introductionxv
Chapter 1From Vale Coyote to the Carpa Valentina1
Chapter 2Ambiguous Profiles33
Chapter 3The Details of Fame65
Chapter 4Syndicalism and Stardom97
Chapter 5The Magician129
Chapter 6Around the World or Just the Studio163
Chapter 7A Modern Quixote185
Conclusion211
Notes219
Bibliographical Essay233
Index239

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