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Has anyone seen these Santos films, are they any good? I saw some previews on some discs I rented and I was interested.
I saw one but it was via MST3K, and therefore edited and made fun of relentlessly. In fact, I think it was this one. It surprised the hell out of me; it was a standard B-movie until all of a sudden a Mexican wrestler walks in. That's when it got weird.
There were a gazillion Masked Wrestler films out of Mehico during the 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s. Along with Cantinflas pictures, a local Spanish-language station here used to run them years and years ago, sans subtitles/dubbing (for some reason the name Mil Mascaras emerges out of the shadows of memory). I have to say, I've yet to watch even one. I mean, I like to think of myself as receptive to any genre/mode of filmmaking . . . I'm a passionate defender of Edward Wood, fr'cryin' out loud . . . but I can't imagine how those movies could be any good.Maybe I'm being short-sighted (always possible). So if anybody wants to sing the praises of this genre (please understand that I'm not looking for someone to defend them in the same terms as one would Renoir or Dreyer; just explain how they might be worthwhile viewing), perhaps recommend a title or two to help set me straight, you're more than welcome.
Actually, this doesn't really qualify as Cine del Oro - it's well past that era - in fact there are, as Tom sez, a gazillion Enmascarado Lucha films in their own.. er.. genre. I've seen a number of them, and the juxtapostions can be mind-boggling, until you treat these as essentialy comic-books with strange superheroes - then the juxtaposing seems no worse than Spidey and Co. They range from C to Triple-Z in quality, but no worse than anything the H'wood serial mills came up with a few years previous. Santo and El Demonio Azul, (the Blue Demon - my fave, sorta) among countless others, are an enduring Mexican art form, there's no getting around it. There's a even local comic strip here in San Diego that actually makes that point humorously last Sunday by having a masked lucha infected with an alien that turns his mask black - Comic-book heroes are in all forms.
Actually, this doesn't really qualify as Cine del Oro...I'll accept that one...I know it doesn't really, by about a decade, but it seemed like as good a place as "Art of Cinema" (I just saw it and was drawn to the crazy layout and image). I have only seen a couple of these films, I think the other had an Aztec mummy in it, and they're amusing enough, for cheapjack superhero flicks. But occasionally they have their effectively creepy moments too, only to shatter the mood by having El Santo show up in his sportscar to do battle with whatever titular villain he has to put a headlock on that month.How about El Cine del Fool's Oro?
Sounds like a plan - or maybe Cine del Mysterioso?
Thanks for all the comments. I saw a preview of one of the Santos films and posted an image, got to admit I was intrigued. I think in this one the masked man took on some aliens.http://bp2.blogger.com/_BFy9f5wDJUE/Rf-eQR5Ul7I/AAAAAAAAAEQ/shjwSfHRczA/s1600-h/Pronto+en+esta+salada.JPG
But for the aspect ratio and the Espanol, it looks like it could be the title credit on an old BFI 'Free Cinema' workout from the 50s.
Could be.......Santos is clearly struggling with some extra terrestial 'issue'...
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