Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity

Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity

by Jeffrey M. Pilcher author of Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food

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Overview

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.

This is a valuable text for courses on Mexican history and Latin American film.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742572485
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Series: Latin American Silhouettes
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 238
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Jeffrey M. Pilcher is professor of history at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
author of Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 List of illustrations
Chapter 2 Acknowledgments
Chapter 3 Chronology
Chapter 4 Introduction
Chapter 5 From Vale Coyote to the Carpa Valentina
Chapter 6 Ambiguous Profiles
Chapter 7 The Details of Fame
Chapter 8 Syndicalism and Stardom
Chapter 9 The Magician
Chapter 10 Around the World or Just the Studio
Chapter 11 A Modern Quixote
Chapter 12 Conclusion
Chapter 13 Notes
Chapter 14 Bibliographical Essay
Chapter 15 Index

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