(266) LEGEND OF THE MASK (1990) Inspired by the Death of Santo
POR LA VIDA Y LA MUERTE DE SANTO"
[INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANTO]
Mexican/Spanish title: LA LEYENDA DE UNA MASCARA [Legend of the
director: Jose Buil
starring: Hector Bonilla · Pedro Armendariz Jr · Hector Ortega · Maria
Rojo · Gina Morett · Roberto Cobo
journalist named Juan Luna (Hector Ortega) is chastised by his editor
for writing a simplistic fluff article upon the death of Mexican superstar
wrestler Masked Angel (Hector Bonilla). "The only thing we know
from this piece is 'he's dead' and we already knew that from countless
other sources!" says his boss who convinces Juan to dig deeper
and discover Angel's true identity. This begins the reporter's quest.
After discovering many sordid secrets [and some amusing ones], Juan Luna
finds that anybody - in fact, multiple 'anybodies'- could be behind a
mask at any given moment. That discovery puts his life in severe jeopardy.
is a unique combination of Mexican urban legend (specifically, the cultural
popularity of the luchador as exemplified by Santo) and surreal fantasy,
punctuated extraordinary camerawork from former documentary filmmaker
Henner Hofmann. Ultimately, it is a salute to the generation of masked
wrestlers, helmed by director Jose Buil. The film - winner of five Ariel
Awards in 1991 - was also the target of criticism and protest from many
lucha libre fans.
film, with optional English subtitles; fullscreen format, uncut 95 minutes,
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT. Extras include selected
Intended For Mature Audiences