René Cardona III, Charles Grodin and Gerardo Moscoso

The penultimate week of May brought us another three deaths of both national and international filmmakers, starting with that of the filmmaker René Cardona III on Sunday the 16th at 59 years of age.

Cardona, grandson of the actor and director of Cuban origin of the same name from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema and son of another homonymous filmmaker known for hits of the 70s as “Tintorera!”, Began working on a set of films precisely under the orders of his father as a child actor named Al Coster in films like “A 12-year-old pirate” (1972); His first feature film as director in 1988 was the comedy “Viva la Risa”, starring Adalberto Martínez “Resortes”, Maribel Fernández “La Pelangocha” and Roberto “Flaco” Guzmán “from Saltillo and he completes a total of 78 titles as director. last feature film “A dream on the skin”, in 2010. He died of cancer in Tijuana, Baja California, while working on an electoral campaign.

As was well informed in a timely manner in these spaces as well, on Tuesday 18 it was the Mecca of Cinema that was covered in mourning with the death of cancer at the age of 86 of Charles Grodin, who although he enjoyed great popularity during the The 90s as the father of the family of the film series where the protagonist was a Saint Bernard dog called “Beethoven” the truth is that he began to make history especially in the genre of comedy from the beginning of the 70s as the protagonist of the classic “The Heartbreak Kid” (whose remake became known in Mexico in 2007 as “The Woman of my Nightmares”, starring Ben Stiller) which Elaine May directed, starred with Cybill Sheperd and which gave him a more than deserved Globe nomination Award for Best Actor in a Comedy of 1972.

“The Heartbreak Kid” was followed by a string of box office hits (the 1976 remake of John Guillermin’s “King Kong,” alongside Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange) and critics (“Heaven can wait ”, in 1978 directed by and starring Warren Beatty) in the 70s, followed by others in the 80s like the gay character friend of the protagonist who made the also late Gene Wilder in the Oscar winner for Best Song of 1984 “The Girl in Red,” which Wilder also directed, and in 1988 co-starring alongside another winner of the statuette as Robert De Niro in the blockbuster comedy “Escape at Midnight,” directed by Martin Brest, among many others.

To conclude, it was last Sunday 23 at noon that the State Secretariat of Culture confirmed the news of the death of the renowned Coahuila actor and playwright Gerardo Moscoso, just turned 76, also due to complications from a cancer he suffered and who By the time he worked as an actor and doctor (a profession he also performed in the industry) in the Hollywood production filmed in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, “Pistolero” (1995), directed by Robert Rodríguez, he had already worked under the orders of prestigious directors such as Arturo Ripstein (in “Trail of Death”, 1981 and “Queen of the Night”, 1994); Guillermo del Toro in his debut feature “Cronos” (1993) and Carlos Carrera (in “Sin Referencia”, from 1995 and later “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”, from 2002).

The last film work of maestro Moscoso in cinema was in the remake of the Spanish classic “Marcelino, Pan y Vino” (José Luis Gutiérrez Arias, 2010). Rest in peace and thank you for your legacy.

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