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The idol redeemed

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The idol redeemed, Starring comedian, actor and producer Omar Chaparro, this film installment is a selfless tribute to the memory of Mexico’s greatest idol, Pedro Infante.

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It is difficult to imagine a worthy homage to such an exciting figure in the Mexican cultural repertoire, since it is nothing more and nothing less than the man who to this day represents the classic Mexican masculinity, both inside and outside the Cine de Oro. However, As fallen from the sky is a work that, beyond the expectations of representation of the Mexican idol, managed to claim a key aspect of Mexican society: the prevailing machismo that, with everything and the concessions of the time, represents the figure of Pedro Infante.

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Although for Mexicans Pedro Infante Cruz is the immortal Í”A dolo de Guamúchil” and its characters are still present in the cultural memory of the country, it should be noted that, like many men of his time, the actor and singer is part of the dark history of machismo, violence and abuse towards women, aspects that were key to many of his films and that were accepted by society as legitimate and naturally proper to the Mexican male.

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Rescuing this aspect and putting it on the table, as this work did under the direction of José Bojórquez, is no small thing, so his detractors soon showed himself unkind with the tape. Since its release in December 2019, the feature film received reviews that spoke from the “little cinematic ambition” to the possible “confusing message” presented by the film. It is unnecessary to address such aspects; however, it is essential to talk about what was not talked about: the redemption of the Mexican gallant at the hands of current gender conditions.

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The film revolves around Pedro Guadalupe Ramos, a imitator of Pedro Infante who, like the Sinaloian, has led a gallant life. By chance of fate, Pedro Guadalupe is in a coma and that is where Infante’s soul finds himself the opportunity to redeem himself and earn his right to heaven,since his soul is trapped in limbo for having led a life of hardened womanizer.

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Infante takes the body of Pedro Guadalupe and has been entrusted with the task of amending his counterpart’s mistakes and leading a life of a faithfulman, which becomes complicated, since when he wakes from the coma, he realizes that his touchman has more marital problems than he can cover in the short time he has been granted.

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Through comedy, the resurrected Pedro Infante, who lives as Pedro Guadalupe, knows the sinsaborres of the modern world, among them, the current woman who, although he did not know, will now have to assimilate to redeem himself as exemplary husband and man of good. To do this, he must learn that, during the sixty years he was absent, Mexican women took leaps and bounds on their place and value in society.

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As it fell from the sky is a work that makes the collective memory vibrate through the music, gestures and the excellent articulation of the Pedro Infante of our Golden Cinema,just as itprovides a new perspective of the idol, one in which it is far from perfect and in which the low gender empathy that Mexican cinema represented for two decades and that frame Mexican social conventions regarding the heingetic masculity is recognized.

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With all of the above, it is right to recognize as one more achievement of this tape to have led a well-characterized Pedro Infante to a conference on Patriarchate and Machismo. To the same Pedro Infante whose talent, transport and seduction skills, made him the ultimate gender aspiration of many Mexican men, even these days. This achievement, which was not considered by critics, should not go unnoticed in a Mexico where gender standards are changing faster than ever.

The idol redeemed

The idol redeemed

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Frida Librado
CDMX (1993). Escribo poesía y soy profesora. Pienso que el sexo ES porque nos mantiene vivos, así que siéntete bienvenido a leerme. Soy una cocinera aficionada y también licenciada en Escritura creativa y Literatura

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