25 March 2009 | rudeboy8080
Silly, Unpretentious Fun!
In La Ciguena Distraida(1966, The Absent Minded Stork), twins Viruta and Capulina(Marco Antonio Campos and Gaspar Henaine) leave their rural town for life in the big city. In the city, they're mistaken for rich, powerful twins also named Viruta and Capulina and all hell breaks loose! This film is a rehash of Vagabundo y Millonario(1959), but a fun rehash. The Prince and the Pauper metaphor is clearly there. Emilio Gomez Muriel directs this piece of fluff; Gomez Muriel also directed the noirish Mexican drama, Los Corrompidos(1971). Robert Gomez Bolanos, alias Chespirito, penned the screenplay and co wrote the film's catchy theme song. Gomez Bolanos recycled the bowling ball gag on an El Chapulin Colorado episode. Raven haired sexpot Emily Cranz really adds a sense of fun to this movie as a sexy maid! I think this is one of the last films Viruta and Capulina starred in together before Capulina started a solo career. Manuel Esperon's score reflects the fun tone of the movie. La Ciguena Distraida is a fun, 1960's time capsule from the lighter side of Mexican cinema.