When i was a teen living in ElPaso, Cantinflas often performed across the river in Juarez. I never got the chance to see him, but most of my Mexican-American friends did and they raved about him. My Spanish language skills were good enough that I would have understood everything. I will have to find the movie "Pura Vida."As a kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY I watched many great Mexican comedy movies produced during that country's Golden Cinema Era which ran roughly from the late 30s to the late 1950s. Among these super comedians were "El Loco" Valdes, Viruta y Capulina, Clavillazo, and the greatest of them all was Mario Moreno popularly known as Cantinflas who appeared in "Around the World in 80 Days" with David Niven. While he is acknowledged as the greatest Hispanic comedian of all time, when asked whom he felt was the greatest of them all he immediately named the legendary Puerto Rican comedian Adalberto Rodriguez (popularly known as "Machuchal").
Today I watched Clavillazo's famous movie "Pura Vida":
While the movie is unknown in North America movie critics agree it is one of the greatest comedies of all time. In Costa Rica the expression "Pura Vida" was adopted as a national slogan from this hilarious comedy which has a great many social implications. The movie is so funny that I had to pause it several times because I almost choked from laughter and from wheezing.