SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The San Antonio Public Library is playing host to an exhibit that is the first of its kind in the United States and commemorates a historic Hispanic comedian for Hispanic Heritage Month.
"Cantinflas Retro: A Mario Moreno Retrospective" is on display at the San Antonio Public Library, Sept.15 – Oct. 15, 2012. The retrospective is a collection of replica photos and movie posters from the life and career of Mario Moreno, known around the world as "Cantinflas." The Mario Moreno Foundation in Mexico City selected San Antonio over Los Angeles as its inaugural U.S. host city. The exhibit is presented in partnership with KLRN-TV and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.
In 2011, this collection of more than 125 photos, movie posters and films of Mario Moreno and his alter ego, Cantinflas, were exhibited in Mexico City in commemoration of Moreno's 100th birthday by the Mario Moreno Foundation. Thousands of fans engaged in this nostalgic look at the life and career of an actor and comedian that spanned more than 50 years.
Considered "the funniest man in the world" by his contemporary, Charlie Chaplin, Mario Moreno appeared in more than 50 films, the majority of which were as his "everyman" character of Cantinflas – a name and character associated with the national identity of Mexico.
Beloved in Mexico and renowned globally, the actor Mario Moreno holds a special place in the hearts of many San Antonians who remember fondly his visits to the Alameda Theater in the 1950s and 1960s. It is with this fondness that the San Antonio Public Library, KLRN-TV, and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation present a once in a lifetime visual retrospective of a storied man's amazing career.
For more information, visit www.cantinflasretro.com.
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