Category Archives: Movies

Niní Marshall – Los Enredos De Una Gallega

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Niní Marshall mini mural on Avenida Corrientes near Callao

The other day we were crossing Avenida Corrientes near Avenida Callao and we noticed a small mural of Niní Marshall.  We have been enjoying some of her movies recently on Youtube.

Niní Marshall was an Argentine comic actress and humorist; she was well known for playing with the meaning and pronunciation of words.

Two of her more well know characters are Catita, a working class Porteña of Italian descent and Cándida, an old fashioned Galician.

She was known as The Chaplin with a skirt and the Lady of Humour.

Los Enredos De Una Gallega,” was made in 1951 in Mexico and is an entertaining introduction to Niní Marshall and Cándida.  There are some pretty funny scenes and a surprise ending.  Enjoy!

El otro día estábamos cruzando la Avenida Corrientes casi Callao y llamó nuestra atención un pequeño mural de Niní Mashall.  Ultimamente, en YouTube, hemos estado disfrutando de sus películas.

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Narciso Ibánez Menta – Obras Maestras Del Terror

Narciso Ibáñez Menta in Obras Maestras Del Terror

Narciso Ibáñez Menta in Obras Maestras Del Terror

Obras Maestras Del Terror (Masterpieces of Terror) is an Argentine Spanish language horror film based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

The film contains three separate stories all featuring Argentine/Spanish actor Narciso Ibáñez Menta in the lead role; for many he was the face of terror in the Spanish speaking world for much of the twentieth century.

The three stories were adapted by Luis Peñafiel and were based on Poe’s short stories, “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” “The Cask Of Amontillado,” and, “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  The screenplay was written by Rodolfo M. Taboada.

These stories are terrifying!  The adaptations are remarkable.  If you are familiar with Edgar Allan Poe’s work you will probably appreciate this film whether you speak Spanish or not.  If you are not familiar with Poe’s work this movie might induce you to become acquainted with it.

Narciso Ibánez Menta acted in many horror films and this one is a great introduction to an amazing talent.  Enjoy!

Obras Maestras del Terror es un film de horror basado en los cuentos cortos de Edgar Allan Poe.

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Cantinflas – El Extra

“El Extra,” is one of our favorite Cantinflas movies.  He is a classic; anyone can enjoy his movies.  Mature people can appreciate his social commentary and wit while younger people probably enjoy his slapstick.

Cantinflas is the Don Quixote of the Twentieth century; he makes you laugh but his message is serious.  (Cervantes must have been an influence on Moreno; one of his movies is called, “Un Quixote Sin Mancha.”

El Extra has some of the funniest scenes ever.  In the beginning of the movie Cantinflas is cast as a sans-culotte (extra) who is especially vociferous and enthusiastic.  The conflict with the director and subsequent day dream dance scene are unforgettable.

Most Cantinflas movies have a romantic side and, “The Extra,” is no different.  Sometimes he gets the girl . . . .

Once you watch a couple of Cantinflas movies you will probably recognize his influence on modern comedy – especially his body language.  It isn’t necessary to understand Spanish to enjoy Cantinflas although it might inspire you to try to learn.

We are looking forward to seeing “Cantinflas,” the movie based on the life of Mario Moreno starring Óscar Jaenada.  In the meantime we are going to watch, “The Extra,” again . . . .

Una de nuestras peliculas favoritas de Cantinflas es “El Extra.”  El es un clásico;  cualquira puede disfrutar de sus películas.  Sus comentarios sociales pueden ser apreciados por la gente madura y la gente joven puede disfrutar de sus payasadas.

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Mario Moreno – Cantinflas

Cantinflas aka Mario Moreno is our favorite Latino personality.  He is arguably the most influential Spanish speaking actor/comedian/screen writer/character of the Twentieth century.  He is a legend.

Cantinflas wrote and starred in lots of films and was influential enough to be made into a cartoon.  At one point he was the best paid actor in the world.  Charlie Chaplin once commented that Cantinflas was the greatest comedian alive.

Mario Moreno was a generous man and after retiring from films he set up schools in his hometown in Mexico which taught students ranching and farming skills (interview in Spanish).

We are extremely excited to announce that “Cantinflas,” will be released in the U.S. on August 29, 2014.  We will post more information when it becomes available.

Cantinflas, The Movie, opens in US theatres August 29th, 2014. La pelicula de Cantinflas, se estrena en USA el 29 de Agosto, 2014.

The following movie, “Sube y Baja” (Up and Down), is the first Cantinflas movie we had the pleasure of seeing together.  We instantly became fanatics.

In the following weeks we will be posting our favorite Cantinflas movies which are available on Youtube in anticipation of the soon to be released movie based on his life.  Enjoy!

Nuestro favorito personaje latino fue y es Mario Moreno, CantinflasSin ninguna duda Cantinflas fue el actor, comediante, guionista y personalidad con mayor influencia popular del idioma español  en el siglo veinte.  El es una verdadera celebridad.

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