Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of Cantinflas

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The 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Mexican clown Cantinflas passed unremarked on Notebook, and would have been unnoticed by me had I not been in Costa Rica two weeks ago and come across a pull-out section of the newspaper La Nación dedicated to "Su excelencia del cine latino." But what caught my eye was not Cantinflas himself (outside of Around the World in 80 Days I’ve never seen a Cantinflas film) but an impressively intricate and beautifully conceived infographic at the end of the article, the like of which I don't think I've ever seen for any actor or filmmaker's filmography anywhere.

Born on August 12, 1911, Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes, better known as Mario Moreno, best known as Cantinflas, was one of the biggest stars in Spanish-language cinema, but, despite winning a Golden Globe for Around the World in 80 Days in 1956 and being hailed by
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