Charles Fairbanks
Belgium, United States, Mexico, 21 min

‘Lucha libre’ is much more than your average wrestling show. Through the codes and symbolisms of ‘Lucha libre’, both athletes and the audience project and share a complex mythological system that is deeply rooted in Mexican traditions. Wrestling director Fairbanks investigates the realities of one of the most beloved sports ever. And proves that he is worthy to fight with the best of them.

For Mexicans, ‘lucha libre’ is much more than just a wrestling show. Through the symbolisms of ‘lucha libre’, both athletes and the audience project and share a complex mythological system that is rooted in Mexican traditions, magical beliefs, popular culture and showmanship. The masks the fighters wear express not only an alter ego but also desires, ambitions and hope. ‘Lucha libre’ can be probably best described as the scene on which Mexicans reinvent their collective identity and imagery. Therefore the ring is maybe the best place where production and mass consumption can be observed as if they were a social ritual and/or exorcism. An essay in immersive, participatory and experimental ethnography, Flexing Muscles is a behind-the-scene look of what could well be described as the great and secret show of contemporary sports. If, according to Samuel Fuller, filmmaking is a battlefield, than it can be a ‘lucha libre’ ring as well. Charles Fairbanks, himself a wrestler under the alias of The-One-Eyed-Cat (‘El Gato Tuerto’) and a disciple of Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, puts his camera where his mouth is.

Giona A. Nazzaro

Duration
21 min
Year
2012
Country
Belgium, United States, Mexico
Section
Compétition Internationale Courts Métrages
Language
Spanish
Subtitle
English
Production
Charles FairbanksSébastien Andres
Sales Contact
Charles Fairbankslecatchproductions@gmail.com
charles.fairbanks@gmail.com
+32494823448

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