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The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (El Fantástico Mundo de Juan Orol)

The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (El Fantástico Mundo de Juan Orol)
1:34:10 | 2012

Categories: Comedy, Foreign, Latino

Move over Ed Wood! A half-forgotten B-movie master whose career spanned nearly sixty films, "involuntary surrealist" Juan Orol receives a pitch-perfect tribute from filmmaker Sebastian del Amo (writer-director of the hit biopic Cantiflas, about Mexico's beloved comedy star). In a glorious black-and-white flashback mingling movie-infused memories of his childhood in Spain, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico, the intrepid "Juanito" pursues failed careers as a baseball player, boxer, bullfighter and gangster before landing in the movies—where failure kind of works for him. As Orol, actor Roberto Sosa exudes droll underdog charm, anchoring a fast-moving comedy where every frame is an infectious homage to a golden age of cinema, the wile of memory and the art of fantasy. An irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL (EL FANTASTICO MUNDO DE JUAN OROL) is presented in Spanish with English subtitles. This film is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative.

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