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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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El Vitral

el-vitralEl Vitral is one of the best used book stores in Buenos Aires.  We have added many titles to our book collection buying from them – always at a great price.

The majority of the books offered are Spanish however they also sell books in French, Italian, German and English.

They very often have books on English grammar, composition, and rhetoric; dictionaries, thesauruses and encyclopedias.  We purchased our most valued dictionary there a couple of years ago for $40 ($10 US).

We purchased the following English books at El Vitral for the equivalent of a couple of dollars within the last couple of years:

Gustave Doré – Miguel de Cervantes – Don Quixote – “A world of disorderly notions, picked out of his books, crowded into his imagination”

The last time we were in El Vitral they were playing music by the composer Marin Marais being performed by Jordi Savall.  Marvelous.

El Vitral es una de las mejores librerías de usados en Buenos Aires.  Sumamos muchos libros a nuesta colección comprándolos allí – siempre a muy buen precio.

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