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Lucha film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The sport of Lucha Libre (Mexican professional wrestling) became so popular in Mexico, that it spawned a genre of Luchador films (wrestling/action/science-fiction/horror films) starring some of the most popular masked luchadores in the sport. These masked superheroes engaged in battles against a range of characters from spies, to vampires and martians. Luchador films were produced quickly on a modest budget and were reminiscent of American B-films. Nearly all lucha films included fist-fighting and wrestling action sequences which were choreographed and performed by the stars themselves without the aid of stunt doubles. The genre's popularity peaked during the mid-60s to early-70s. At least 150 luchador films were produced starting with the 1952 film "Huracán Ramírez", which is considered to be the first true luchador film.

The most famous luchador action film star was El Santo, who is also the most famous luchador in the history of the sport. He would star in a total of fifty-two lucha films. Enrique Vergara, the producer of the then-successful Santo movies, decided to diversify by offering luchador Blue Demon a series of his own. Blue Demon would star in twenty-five lucha films. In 1965, Santo walked out on producer Vergara over a contractual dispute and his other star, Blue Demon, had been injured. This led Vergara to approach a young judo martial artist with an offer to star in a lucha film. Mil Máscaras (A Thousand Masks) was the first lucha libre personality created specifically for the movies. Máscaras has starred in twenty lucha films, including Las Vampiras with John Carradine and Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy[1] with El Hijo del Santo, Blue Demon Jr, and Huracan Ramirez Jr.[2][3] Mil Máscaras has had a legendary career as a professional luchador and has been the most internationally influential Mexican wrestler of all time, but El Santo is the most revered undisputed icon of the lucha film genre.

Lucha films also starred other masked luchadores including Tinieblas (The Darkness), Rayo de Jalisco, Sr. (Lightning from Jalisco), El Medico Asesino (The Killer Doctor), El Fantasma Blanco (The White Ghost) and Superzan. The most successful luchador film in Mexico was Las Momias de Guanajuato ("The Mummies of Guanajuato"). In that 1970 film, El Santo, Blue Demon, and Mil Mascaras team up to battle a group of re-animated mummies. The real-life existence of a mummy display in the city of Guanajuato most likely contributed to the success of the film. When American producer K. Gordon Murray bought the rights to three of Santo’s lucha libre films, he dubbed them into English for domestic release and changed the name of the wrestling hero to "Samson". The best known luchador film outside of Mexico is 1962s' Santo vs. Las Mujeres Vampiro ("Samson vs. the Vampire Women"), which was featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The production values in this film were excellent and it was very successful at the box office. El Santo en el Museo de Cera (aka "Samson in the Wax Museum") is also considered to be one of the better films in the genre. Not all Mexican wrestlers were male. Las Luchadoras ("The Wrestling Women") appeared in six films, the most famous being The Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964) and Doctor of Doom (1962). The popularity of lucha films started to decline by the mid-70s and essentially came to the end by 1976. However, such films are still being created including 2007's Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy which met with critical praise upon release.

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Estas películas sería muy interesante. Es genial que un genre nuevo comenzó a causa de la lucha libre

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The History of the Mask - Online World of Wrestling

The first lucha libre mask was a gimmick, a device used to excite the audience. In 1934, an American wrestler brought the leather mask down from Chicago, and Lutteroth liked the idea. He was dubbed El Enmascarado, “The Masked Man,” and fought a few matches against other Americans in Mexico City.Soon the Masked Marvel was drawing crowds, and the newspapers were calling him “hated and mysterious”—the mask was a hit. Perhaps a reason for the Masked Marvel’s success was that masks were suddenly the rage in Mexico City’s popular culture, and Lutteroth was following the trend. Lucha libre represented the daily battle on the streets of Mexico City.Another Mexican innovation in the 1940s was the mask-versus-mask match. The promoters saw that the audience loved the mystery of masks; how better to excite them than with a glimpse of what lay below? The rules are simple: the loser of the bout is stripped of his mask and can never wear one again. His face is exposed to the multitudes, and his real name is published throughout the country. The unmasking is a moment of the highest drama; a mythic figure is about to plunge back down to the ranks of the all-too-human.

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 Es muy importante para comprender la historia de la máscara de lucha libre, puesto que la máscara es la parte más importante de cada luchador.
Los luchadores no quiere perder sus máscaras, que son muy importantes para ellos. Pensé que era interesante cómo gran parte de máscaras. Es una gran parte de todo esto, y es muy intresting.

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Lucha Libre AAA | La Mejor Lucha Libre del Mundo

Lucha Libre AAA | La Mejor Lucha Libre del Mundo | luchadores | Scoop.it
Conoce los insights de la Mejor Lucha Libre del Mundo, descubre cómo revolucionamos la Lucha Libre Mexicana
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Es un muy largo liga de Lucha Libre. iTiene eventos en Las Estados Unidos! Los trajes son muy interesantes. Me encantaría ir a uno de estos eventos

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Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling League Headed To U.S. In Tag Team With FactoryMade

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling League Headed To U.S. In Tag Team With FactoryMade | luchadores | Scoop.it
FactoryMade Ventures, which with Robert Rodriguez co-owns Tres Pistoleros Studios and the soon-to-launch El Rey Network, has formed a joint venture with Lu
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Lucha libre va alas estados unidos! Lucha libre es muy popular en mexico. La organizacion de AAA qieren dar lucha libre de Mexico a laos estados unidos en dos mil quince.

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The finest, insanest and most daring Mexican wrestlers you will ever see!

The finest, insanest and most daring Mexican wrestlers you will ever see! | luchadores | Scoop.it
The finest, insanest and most daring Mexican wrestlers you will ever see!
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Los nuevos luchadores! Diferente de la vieja, pero todavía excéntrico y colorido! Los movimientos salvajes y loco coustumes de estos pocos realmente presentar un espectáculo digno de ver! La nueva era de la lucha libre mexicana se presenta en color apt y descripción, con personalitys bobmastic vale la pena el desafío de la competetor.

 

 

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Lucha libre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lucha libre (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlutʃa ˈlibɾe], meaning "free fighting") is a term used in Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking countries, for a form of professional wrestling that has developed within those countries. Although the term nowadays refers exclusively to professional wrestling, it was originally used in the same style as the English term "freestyle wrestling",[1] referring to an amateur wrestling style without the restrictions of Greco-Roman wrestling.

Mexican wrestling is characterized by colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, as well as "high-flying" maneuvers, some of which have been adopted in the United States. The wearing of masks has developed special significance, and matches are sometimes contested in which the loser must permanently remove his mask, which is a wager with a high degree of weight attached. Tag team wrestling is especially prevalent in lucha libre, particularly matches with three-member teams, called trios.

Lucha libre wrestlers are known as luchadores (singular luchador) ("fighter(s)"). They usually come from extended wrestling families who form their own stables. One such line integrated to the United States professional wrestling scene is Los Guerreros.

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Historia de lucha libre. Tmabien mas informacion que incluyes luchodores famosos y variaciones de lucha libre.Todos los diferentes movimientos son hermosa de ver. Los movimientos que hacen son muy espectaculares.

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Lucha Libre | Mexican Wrestling | Team Kaker

Lucha Libre | Mexican Wrestling | Team Kaker | luchadores | Scoop.it
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Un nino habla de la experiencia de un lucha libre palea. Es muy intersante. Una palea de lucho libre es muy divertido!

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Lucha Libre - Luchadors

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Mexican professional wrestling (Lucha Libre) is not just a sport in Mexico, it is a tradition.
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Fue interesante que oir de los tradiciones de los luchadores en mexico. Me gusta aprender de los otros cultras. Me gusta que los luchadores tienen sus propias personalidades y son en las películas

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History of Lucha Libre and Mexican Professional Wrestling

History of Lucha Libre and Mexican Professional Wrestling | luchadores | Scoop.it
The History of Lucha Libre, or mexican professional wrestling, is intertwined with the history of Mexico, mass media, and entertainment in general.

In 1929, Salvador Lutteroth González, was working in the United States where he began attending professional wrestling matches in El Paso, Texas.  It was there that he became fascinated with the sport, especially the colorful personalities of the wrestlers, and decided to bring the sport to his home country of Mexico.

A popular part of a Mexican wrestler’s persona is his or her mascara, or lucha libre mask.  The masks play an important part of the storyline, and can also provide some anonymity in a country enthralled by the sport of Mexican wrestling.

Most all luchadores start their careers as masked wrestlers.  They may even put their masks, and identities, on the line in a fight of Mask vs. Hair, or mascaras contra cabello, in which the loser loses his mask or gets his head shaved, depending on whether he wrestles with a mask or not.

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La historia de las máscaras es muy potente. La parte que habalr hablar jugar es importante para los luchadores y a la gente. Que perecía en las máscaras. las máscaras son una parte importante de la vida de las personas.

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HowStuffWorks "How Mexican Wrestling Works"

HowStuffWorks "How Mexican Wrestling Works" | luchadores | Scoop.it
Mexican wrestling puts a new twist on American pro wrestling. Learn about Mexican wrestling characteristics, Mexican wrestling history and famous luchadores.
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Lucha libre de Mexico y lucha libre de los estados unidos. Que son similares. Lucha libre de Mexico es mas divertido y vistoso, lucha libre de los estados unidos es menos popular.

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Lucha Libre (comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lucha Libre is an anthology comic book series written by Jerry Frissen. It is published in France by Les Humanoïdes Associés and reprinted in North America by Image Comics. It is also published in Spain, Italy and Korea. It is regularly illustrated by Gobi, Bill, Fabien M., Hervé Tanquelle, Nikola Witko, Romuald Reutimann, Christophe Gaultier along with several other guest artists.

The Image Comics translation started in September 2007 and a first trade paperback collecting the first three stories of The Luchadores Five, Tequila and The Tikitis was released in 2008 under the title Heroing's A Full Time Job (Tips Appreciated).

A group of five middle aged Latino men don Lucha Libre masks and protect East L.A., together they face the likes of stereo stealing werewolves, Tiki warriors, deep sea greasers and rude gun toting rednecks. The Luchadores 5 never take their masks off and only respond to their Luchador names. Although they consider themselves superheroes, most people think of them as overgrown nerds. The first Luchadores 5 story appeared in the pages of Métal Hurlant.

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Com`ics de Lucha Libre! La historia de lucha libre en libros de comics. Los caracteres estan lochadores y luchan por la justicia.

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viva la luchadores!!!! ay ay ay!