El fantástico mundo de Juan Orol (2012)

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Juan Orol, was born in Galicia, Spain at the end of the XIX Century. As a child, his mother sent him away to Cuba, looking for a relative he never found. He grew up wildly and encroached in... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Juan Orol
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vendedor de Kodak
Juan Carlos Bonet ...
Amigo Orol
Alfonso Borbolla ...
Quirico Michelena
Julio Bracho ...
Karin Burnett ...
Maria Antonieta
Rodrigo Cachero ...
Memo Alcaine
Rodrigo Corea ...
Roger Cudney ...
Don Guillermo
Mary Esquivel
Alberto Estrella ...
Mauricio Galaz ...
Arnoldo Orol
Ximena Gonzalez-Rubio ...
Ariadna Perez Mijares ...
Yolanda Montes ...


Juan Orol, was born in Galicia, Spain at the end of the XIX Century. As a child, his mother sent him away to Cuba, looking for a relative he never found. He grew up wildly and encroached in many disciplines such as baseball, boxing, race cars and bull fighting, this last career effort moved him to Mexico, where he got married and started a new life as a cop. After the Cristiada War, he widowed and looked for an opportunity in Mexican Cinema where he hit the jackpot on his first feature and became the main B Side exponent of the GOLDEN AGES of Mexican movie industry in the 20th Century. Written by Alejandro Blazquez

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An amazingly funny biography of the greatest involuntary surrealist of all times...



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Release Date:

14 September 2012 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Fantastic World of Juan Orol  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Brilliant Comedy from Mexico
27 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I had the great pleasure of seeing this film which was shown only twice at MoMA in NYC as part of their Global Lens 2013 film series. In this film, Mexico's half-forgotten B-movie master, "involuntary surrealist" Juan Orol (1897-1988) , receives a pitch-perfect tribute which is a love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly sixty films (1935-1968) . In a black and white flashback mingling movie-tainted memories of his Galician childhood, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico, intrepid "Juanito" pursues failed careers as baseball player, boxer, bullfighter and gangster before landing in the movies ---where failure kind of works for him. As Orol (and his alter ego), Roberto Sosa, who is a combination of Cantinflas, Fernandel and Chaplin, brilliantly exudes droll underdog charm, anchoring a fast-moving comedy where every frame is an infectious homage to a golden age of cinema, the wiles of memory and the art of fantasy. Director Sebastian de Amo has made a classic film which introduces the amazingly imaginative Orol to film-goers all over the world. This is a must see for anyone who loves the movies.

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