This is for those die-hard Cantinflas lovers, and I know there are lots of you out there.
On Tuesday, Sony Home Entertainment releases 11 classic titles from the guy Charlie Chaplin once called "the funniest man in the world." Interestingly, Cantinflas' ability to combine humor with pathos was decidedly Chaplin-esque. But despite all the comparisons he gets to the great funnymen of the silent era, Cantinflas was a star of the sound era (lucky for us, cause the man had some great lines, especially when trying to weasel his way out of trouble!). My parents, who grew up watching him, have always deemed the tiny, mustached man the greatest comedian in the Spanish-speaking world. And yet the interesting thing about Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" is that his simple, universal character and his brilliant satire concerning politics and policemen transcended age. He had that unique ability to make young and old, poor and rich laugh. And as Father's Day approaches, this might be on my list of considerations for gifts.
The new DVD box set includes seven films for the first time on DVD, such as A Volar Joven, El Circo, El Gendarme Desconocido, El Mago, El Señor Fotografo, Los Tres Mosqueteros, Si Yo Fuera Diputado and four of his greatest hits: El Bolero De Raquel, El Analfabeto, El Padrecito (this one is one of my faves) and Su Excelencia.