Monday, February 17, 2014

Classic Cantinflas 'El Circo' at the Azteca Theater

Mario Morena "Cantinflas" in El Circo 1943
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Classic comedy El Circo showing at the Azteca Theater!

Welcome to the Teatro Azteca in 1970 for a showing of the 1943 B&W classic El Circo!

Cantinflas (Mario Moreno) is a cobbler who gets a job in the Circus as a janitor, recommended by a beautiful girl circus performer.

El Circo poster, 1943

Soon, Cantinflas gets in trouble when he participates  in dangerous acts, such as the flying trapeze!

Clearly, our friend will risk his life for the love of his new girlfriend!

Cantinflas masters the trapeze as only he can!
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This 1943 version with Moreno is a version related to Chaplin's The Circus (1928)

Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes, known as Mario Moreno, (August 12, 1911 – April 20, 1993) was a Mexican comic film actor, producer, and screenwriter known professionally as Cantinflas. He often portrayed impoverished campesinos or a peasant of pelado origin.

Cantinflas - El circo

The character came to be associated with the national identity of Mexico, and allowed Cantinflas to establish a long, successful film career that included a foray into Hollywood.
Charlie Chaplin once commented that he was the best comedian alive, and Moreno has been referred to as the "Charlie Chaplin of Mexico."
El Circo title

El Circo, 1943, Posa Films
Director Miguel M. Delgado
Música Manuel Esperón
Fotografía Gabriel Figueroa (B&W)
Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" (el zapatero), Gloria Lynch (Rosalinda), Estanislao Schillinsky (Shilinsky), Eduardo Arozamena (don Martín), Ángel T. Sala (el Coronel Buitrago), Rafael Burglete (bailarín), Tito Novaro el doctor Tanner), Leonid Kinskey (un agitador).