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Lucha Loco

The Free Wrestlers of Mexico
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Lucha Loco by Malcolm Venville
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Malcolm Venville's rare deluxe Mexican wrestling volume, now available in an accessible, popular format. Lucha Libre, or free wrestling, is a cultural phenomenon-renowned not only for the wrestler's high-flying moves, but also for the mythology of their personas. These masked figures (a ritual dating back to Aztec culture) treat their masks-and the identities they embody-as sacred. El Santo, the first luchador pop star, rarely took off his mask even in retirement, and was eventually buried in it. It is such a significant part of the sport (and the performance) that the removal of an opponent's mask in the ring is grounds for disqualification. Malcolm Venville fell in love with the sport after catching a show in Mexico and spent several weeks photographing and interviewing wrestlers outside the ring in a small portrait studio. Alongside each portrait is the wrestler's fighting name and a signature quote from these interviews. Among the subjects are an accountant and a doctor by day-but Super Pinocchio and Astro Boy by night. They offer such gems as: American wrestling is more about the lighting, My character is the fastest in Mexico, but not when I'm making love, and I combine wrestling with stripping but wrestling's my passion. The result is an even more hilarious and colorful look at this already entertaining spectacle-part sport, part soap opera-as well as a window into the life of a luchador, a world normally shrouded in mystery.

Author Biography

Malcolm Venville, a director and photographer, was born in Birmingham, England. He has won several Association of Photographers Awards and directed several short films. Sandro Cohen is a Mexican poet, novelist, and literary critic. He is a professor at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City.
Release date NZ
September 18th, 2012
Audience
  • General (US: Trade)
Contributor
  • Introduction by Sandro Cohen
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
128 color illustrations
Imprint
Universe Publishing
Pages
272
Dimensions
159x229x18
ISBN-13
9780789324535
Product ID
19854422

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