Chespirito, the opposite face of “Chanfle”

Chespirito, the opposite face of “Chanfle”

In the current context, in which a climate of social instability for Mexicans, the unfortunate event of the death of Chespirito he, better known as "Chespirito". Comedian, Born in Mexico City in 1929, He has spawned several characters who are known not only in Mexico, but in much of Latin America, US and Europe. Hailed by many, most detested by others, Chespirito is a character that has not gone unnoticed by anyone.

Right-wing ideology apparently, Chespirito remained very close to the regime governing, repeatedly expressing his conservative ideals, and working steadily for several decades in the person closest to presidential power television station in Mexico. On the other hand, It has been linked to him by his relationship with the military regimes in countries like Chile and Argentina, as well as the stellar features, which along with its cast, He gave the children the very Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar Gaviria.

But nevertheless, Chespirito trastocó sensitive fibers for most Mexican and Latin, regardless of condition, especially through his character of "Chavo del 8", He is representing an orphaned boy whose story was set in a humble neighborhood. In that scene, Chavo shared the comic moments but the dramatic turn with the other characters in the series.

Chespirito with two balls in the Chanfle.
Chespirito with two balls in the Chanfle.

Throughout the decades of 70, 80 and part of the 90, Chespirito characters represented true milestones for humorous television, in a society that looked quite far from new technologies in communication; the limited means that time did not offer much choice of content and made use of television screens for alienating the masses, for the sake of personal interests of a few.

Despite criticism, especially the new generations, Chespirito was a clever man. Not for nothing, He began his career as a publicist. To develop programs scripts, constantly he used the lofty stories from the lower classes of society. just, in such ruses, It was where he imbricó footballing items to their stories, particularly in the aforementioned "Chavo 8" and a very symbolically, in his famous film "The Chanfle".

The chavo of 8, he was an inveterate amateur football. Next to Quico (symbolizing the opposite hue, socially) They were often seen playing football together in the courtyard of the neighborhood. Chavo used to play with a boat or a ball of paper, while Quico (Carlos Villagrán) He bragged and bragged balls large, or flaming footballs. In this sort of alternative court, the two children, whose faces were the rich, versus, the poor, They are trying to imitate the players in the early years 70, especially striker Club America, Enrique Borja; through so many players, such as former goalkeeper Guadalajara, Ignacio Calderón; Chilean Carlos Reinoso, and Hugo Sánchez, among many others.

The chanfle, a comedy with a lot of football.
The chanfle, a comedy with a lot of football.

Chavo deep desire is also remembered for watching games World Germany '74, next to Don Ramon (Ramón Valdés), a man represented in poverty, ignorance and lack of responsibility towards life. Don Ramon was also famous for phrases like, "I still go to him Necaxa" to refer issues they seemed distasteful, or "it was since we returned to be eliminated in Haiti", to refer to the elimination of the Mexican selected in the Premundial 1973. that character, He was also the father of Chilindrina (María Antonieta de las Nieves), another playmates of Chavo, I was constantly discriminated against when expressed his interest in playing football with children.

However, the climax of footballing passion Chespirito, It was staged in the most important 15 films that played: The chanfle. Composed of a series of two films, The Chanfle was a Mexican film 1978, whose protagonist was the own Chespirito. The name of the tape, also it meant the name of the main character. The Chanfle was a humble man whose age ranged from 35 Y 40 years. He was married to Teresa, a woman of a similar age, He played by his wife in real life (Florinda Meza).

The chanfle (Whose real name never know) and Teresa, They lived a full gap married life, because the Chanfle earned a living as a stagehand Club America (Today the second most powerful team in Mexico, Economically speaking.) Nowadays, utilero condition could be an incongruous, it surely would not be poor Chanfle, taking into account the burdensome income credited to Club America, although by the time, adaptation was effective and some credibly; the core of this melodrama focuses on the couple was unable to bear children, after 10 years of marriage.

Cartel de la película "El Chanfle".
Movie Poster “The chanfle”.

Despite this and added to their poverty, He reflected the couple a happy life, full of hope and desire for progress. The Chanfle willingly assumed his daily work, although constantly he is committing blunders that ended up ruining their noble duties. The film allowed to visualize sharply differentiated social conditions. Star Team America, Valentino (Carlos Villagrán), inconforme his salary, He portrayed a player who perceived 20,000 monthly pesos, in contrast Chanfle, who in the frame, He is winning only 400 pesos, No offense or protest over injustice to that model of life. Another feature of the character, is that possessed a spirit of honesty and fair play appealed, Shown comically in the field such feature, Just as he did in life, even they are going to risk it for that reason.

The highlight of the film, is given at the time that the wife of Chanfle, receives the splendid news that will mother. This brings the character to project their own repressed desires towards their future stem. In this way, in a match for the championship game between America and Atletico Spanish, the Chanfle imagine a fleeting dream, as your child grows, while it is doing warm-ups on the transfer line Estadio Azteca. After transcend life and reach maturity, debuts with the team azulcrema.

In that debut, the "Second Chanfle", (who is the same Chanfle) makes 24 scoring in the match against Atletico Spanish, leaving these with the score at zero. These goals are achieved in all ways and for having: volley, Palomita, dribbling all opponents, Chilean, free throw, taco, holding improbable blows, etc. Chanfle unreal dream ends just when will charge a penalty and sees the opposite goalkeeper kneel, in a gesture of clemency suggesting the protagonist stop the metaphorical beating. In the final part of the tape, Chanfle sees the birth of her daughter, repressing the desire for a man who fulfilled his frustrated dreams, but still happy, satisfied and grateful for the good health of the child.

Childbirth of his wife, It is given in the infirmary of the Azteca Stadium, as she (Teresa), is in the stands at the time of contractions own late pregnancy. In the closure tape, the child receives the title sponsor of the club and Chanfle is promoted to Technical Director of the Children's forces Club, at the request of Don Moncho (Ramón Valdés), a peculiar football coach, whose peculiarity within the field is not only "unsportsmanlike", but appeals to the total lack of fair play. Nonetheless, the technician fails to see in the Chanfle a good mentor and great example for children. The sequel (The chanfle 2), It is far from the first part and football moves into a much more minor role.

however, The film has also been the target of much criticism. It has been discovered as a film that does not appeal to the playful actual values ​​of football, but to exalt and praise inordinately to America, further driving the typical arrogant characterizes equipment Coapa (The 24 Goals unlikely Chanfle realize it). This is emulated, playing with the psyche of the viewer, so that the Chanfle, represented figure emerged from below, encumbrada the possessor of the most expensive team payroll, not only in Mexico, but throughout Latin America. Most likely, The Chanfle was a tape made by Chespirito, at the request of the television station that catapulted.

This peculiarity is evident, Gómez Bolaños because he claimed to be fond of Guadalajara, but years later he became recalcitrant americanista. On the other hand, the particular tape was filmed at the right time of the 60 Years of America. Proof of this, is that the characters who play team footballers, They wore cream shirt, with the legend "America, 60 years". This might mean that the tape was made to commemorate the anniversary team. In this way, and despite all the good or bad of his career, Chespirito was patented as a successful comedy writer and actor, but mostly as one of the exponents of cinema and plots that deal with football in Mexico.

The Chanfle and Chanfle 2, classic films about Mexican soccer.
The Chanfle and Chanfle 2, classic films about Mexican soccer.
Sergio Castillo

Sergio Castillo

Historian football and other sports. anthropological identities footballing visionary. I've posted for football. You can read me in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and futbolysociedad.blogspot.mx and follow me on @ scastillo14. México D.F.

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