It is 100 years since the birth of one of Mexico’s best-loved popular characters. In his trademark baggy pants and scruffy clothes, Cantinflas embodied the rural anti-hero, a lovable rogue who survived on his wits.
The character was the brainchild of Mario Moreno, who died in 1993. A range of exhibitions and events have been staged in his honour.
His nephew Eduardo Moreno Reyes says it proves gentle, old-style comedy has enduring appeal. “It is an example of innocent comedy winning through in the long run. A lot of comedians today swear a lot, but that wasn’t his style. His legacy is clean, positive, family entertainment and I think it stays in the memory and will endure for many years to come.”
Posters from his films have been put up along Mexico City’s main boulevard and clips of his performances played on the subway.
A fitting tribute for the man known as Mexico’s Groucho Marx.