Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||ix|
|Chapter 1||From Vale Coyote to the Carpa Valentina||1|
|Chapter 2||Ambiguous Profiles||33|
|Chapter 3||The Details of Fame||65|
|Chapter 4||Syndicalism and Stardom||97|
|Chapter 5||The Magician||129|
|Chapter 6||Around the World or Just the Studio||163|
|Chapter 7||A Modern Quixote||185|
What People are Saying About This
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)
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)