Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity / Edition 1

Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity / Edition 1

by Jeffrey M. Pilcher
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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
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
Bibliographical Essay233

What People are Saying About This

Joanne Hershfield

Tracing the phenomenon of the Mexican film comic Cantinflas's rise to fame and subsequent decline within the context of Mexican post-Revolutionary modernity, the author offers a sustained account of changing perceptions of Mexican national identity. A compelling examination of the modern Mexican state from the 1930s through the end of the 1950s. (Joanne Hershfield, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of Mexican Cinema, Mexican Women, 1940-1950, and The Invention of Dolores del Rio)

David R. Maciel

This is the very best biographical study in any language of an icon of Mexican cinema and culture. The book masterfully combines the study of this unique star with a solid analysis of the culture and society that predominated in the decades of his life and times. Cultural and biographical history at its best.
—(David R. Maciel, Professor of History, Department of Chicano Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and author of El Norte: The U.S.-Mexican Border in Contemporary Cinema)

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