The Great Vazquez | Chicago Reader

The Great Vazquez

This madcap biopic (2010) dramatizes the life of the influential Spanish cartoonist Manuel Vazquez Gallego. Animated interludes feature characters from his comic strips, but apart from these and a few other cutesy conceits, director Oscar Aibar focuses more on Vazquez's sidelines as a swindler and bigamist; the result is tonally and chronologically confusing but also amorally funny. With a cigarette permanently dangling from his lip, Santiago Segura plays the artist as a compulsive con man who steals from one wife to give to another, who repeatedly fakes his father's death, and who refuses to pay for furniture out of principle. The actor's rascally energy keeps the film going even when Aibar threatens to derail it with his awkward handling of the more serious issues in Vazquez's life. In Spanish with subtitles.


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