Cantinfladas of the PRI: (Mis) Representations of Mexican Society in the Films of Mario Moreno


  • Jeffrey Pilcher


In The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, Marx wrote that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur twice, the first time as tragedy; the second as farce. Confronted by the tumultuousness of Mexico's extended revolution, he might have added a third occurrence in the form of carnival. The world that Lázaro Cárdenas turned upside down, between 1934 and 1940, became a tragedy during the presidential administration of Miguel Alemán, from 1946 to 1952. The populist Partido Revolucionario Mexicano (PRM), intended to consolidate the working-class gains of the Cárdenas era, was co-opted by Alemán to the service of trickle-down development policies under that oxymoron of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).

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Jeffrey Pilcher

JEFFREY PILCHER is Assistant Professor of History at The Citadel. He is interested in Mexican popular culture, and has written on food and national identity. His most recent book, Cantinflas and the Chaos of Mexican Modernity, is forthcoming from Scholarly Resources. Email: