It is rare that American audiences get a glimpse of stars from outside the studio system prior to their arrival — to see their initial germ of talent, to feel the burning desire and ambition that drives them to beat the already astronomical odds to become sensations. Teaming up with co-writer Edui Tijerina, director Sebastian del Amo (El fantastic mundo de Juan Orol) presents the story of Cantinflas (Óscar Jaenada), one of Mexico’s premier comic film stars. Cantinflas the movie dares to chart his course from his early days on the stage to his unlikely emergence in Hollywood. (Now playing at Mariemont Theatre) (PG) Not screened in time for review

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