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Tívoli (1975)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfonso Arau ... Tiliches
Pancho Córdova Pancho Córdova ... Quijanito
Lyn May ... Eva Candela
Carmen Salinas ... Chapas
Mario García 'Harapos' Mario García 'Harapos' ... Harapos
Héctor Ortega Héctor Ortega ... Lic. Félix Pantoja
Dorotea Guerra Dorotea Guerra ... Lili
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Regino
Dámaso Pérez Prado Dámaso Pérez Prado ... Himself
Don Facundo Don Facundo ... Himself
Willy Willy ... Willy
Gina Morett ... Mimí Manila
Francisco Muller Francisco Muller ... Bulmaro
Consuelo Quezada Consuelo Quezada ... Enana I
Margarita Alfaro Margarita Alfaro ... Enana II


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A brilliant social critic ruined by bad actors
16 December 2006 | by jkibler1112See all my reviews

The movie plot revolves around a burlesque theater called "Tivoli", located in downtown Mexico city. The Tivoli is about to be demolished by the corrupt major of Mexico city, and the artists struggle to try to save their workplace.

Throughout the movie we see a strong critique towards the Mexican political system of the time, where corrupt politicians run everything like a fiefdom, and live with double standards. While they publicly criticize the Tivoli as obscene and indecent, many of them are regular customers and they even "hire" the artists to do private functions in their mansions.

Arau's performance is in my opinion, the best in the whole film, but the decision to use a real life burlesque performer as the character "Eva Candela" proved to be disastrous, because Lyn May is a terrible actress, she barely knows how to deliver a line. The humor is very crude, and North American or European audiences may be shocked by the politically incorrect and sexist jokes made throughout the movie.

Nevertheless I recommend this movie because of the accurate depiction of Mexican (and maybe Latinamerican) society, a society where things are not always what they seem.

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