The biopic is a genre that has come under much scrutiny from cinephiles over the years. For some, it’s cherished for its reliably inspiring design. For others it’s mere “Oscar bait”, emblematic of Hollywood’s aversion to more daring material. No matter how you feel about the genre however, all signs indicate that these true life stories won’t be going away any time soon. The challenge therefore, is finding a way to stand out within the confines of the genre. In the case of Cantinflas, Sebastian del Amo attempts to shake up this formula by approaching its subject with a light, comic approach.
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