- 1 hr 46 min
Cantinflas is a biographical drama film about the life and career of legendary Mexican comedian Mario Moreno, better known as Cantinflas. Directed by Sebastián del Amo, the film stars ï¿1⁄2scar Jaenada as Cantinflas, capturing his rise from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most beloved comedians and actors in Mexico's Golden Age of cinema.
We first meet a young Mario entertaining crowds with improvised routines and spot-on impressions of people on the streets of Mexico City. Despite his family's misgivings, he is determined to make it as a performer, adopting the stage name Cantinflas. As he perfects his signature style of utilizing linguistic nonsense and plays on words, Cantinflas begins landing small parts in theatre productions and finds success as a bullfighter's comedic sidekick. His big break comes when he catches the eye of a producer and makes his mark in his first lead role in the 1937 film No te engaÃ±es corazÃ3n.
As his popularity grows through performances and films, Cantinflas meets Russian dancer Valentina Ivanova Zubareff, whom he eventually marries. His film career soon takes off as he brings his unique comedic flair to a string of box office hits for the Mexican cinema's golden age. Cantinflas crafts a beloved on-screen persona as a bedraggled everyman who gets by on his wits. Behind the scenes, he lives a life of luxury which alienates him from the working class audiences that adore his on-screen character.
Internationally, Cantinflas reaches new heights of fame when he co-stars alongside American actors in the 1956 film Around the World in 80 Days. While continuing to make movies in Mexico, he also appears in Hollywood productions to appeal to English speaking audiences. As Mexico's highest paid performer, he uses his wealth and influence to push for better conditions and wages for cinema workers.
In the later years of his prolific career, Cantinflas branches out into dramatic roles, though audiences still clamor for his classic comedic performances. He is honored with awards and tributes celebrating his enduring cultural impact before passing away in 1993. The film concludes with news footage documenting Mexico City's immense outpouring of grief as throngs of people gather to say goodbye to their beloved idol.
Centered around ï¿1⁄2scar Jaenada's nuanced portrayal, Cantinflas captures the spirit, personal struggles, and professional triumphs of this comedic genius. We see his charismatic performances and flair for improvisation that captivated audiences. Through the biopic's recreation of iconic scenes, we gain insight into what made Cantinflas an enduring icon of Mexican cinema. The film reminds us of his legacy in bringing joy and laughter to millions, and leaving an indelible mark on pop culture.
Cantinflas is a 2014 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 44.