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Tales of Masked Men: A Journey Through Lucha Libre (2012)

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009B0L5L8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Directed by award-winning filmmaker Carlos Avila, Tales of Masked Men is a creative and imaginative exploration of the colorful, fascinating, and mysterious world of lucha libre - Mexican wrestling. Filmed in Mexico and the United States, the film also profiles three legendary wrestlers, each of whom embodies various aspects of the sport and its traditions.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well made documentary... December 1, 2012
I tuned in to watch Tales of Masked Men knowing very little about the world of Lucha Libre. When my brothers and I were kids we would watch Lucha Libre because it was more fun to watch men with masks on wrestling than it was to watch the ones without. So aside from watching periodically I can say that I never knew the history behind it. Being curious to find out more about the sport I wanted to watch this documentary.

From the beginning I was drawn to the stories of these wrestlers and their origins. I loved the blending of history with the profiles of actual wrestlers past and present. The music, the graphics, the colors all came together and wove a really great show. I highly recommend watching this documentary even if you know very little about the sport. Very informative and well made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History September 22, 2013
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I really liked this documentary. You can tell that the people who filmed it and the ones in the documentary love Lucha Libre and have so much respect for it. My only complaint-I wish it was longer. Great history lesson!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well done lucha libre documentary! January 28, 2014
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If you are a fan of lucha libre, our even if you are curious as to the mystery and attraction of this very entertaining sport, I would really recommend this movie. Very insightful into the world of great entertainment.... Lucha Libre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary for every Lucha Libre fan! November 11, 2013
I don't remember how I found out about this Documentary, the only thing I do remember was marking it on my calendar when PBS was going to show it. I was very skeptical about it because I'm a HUGE Lucha Libre fan and I honestly did not want it to come across as a the documentary making fun of it or just talking about the cartoon-y side of Lucha Libre; as people that are not familiar with the sport, they think everything is like Nacho Libre (nothing against that movie) but the sport is much more serious. Well let me tell you, when I saw the Documentary on TV I was pleasantly surprised about how serious the documentary took the sport of Lucha Libre, how detailed they explained it's origins AND they interviewed some serious Luchadores like Solar. For those of you that know the sport it doesn't get more legit than Solar. So that was already a huge plus. I fell in Love with the Documentary and made sure all my friends that liked the sport watched it and even my friends that are not familiar at all with the sport. It is a great executed documentary about a huge cultural piece of Mexican history. This is a great purchase! I already own the DVD but will buy another copy this holiday season for my brother and I suggest you do the same to your loved ones. This will be a great present under the Christmas Tree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An excellent documentary! This is the inside scoop of Mexico's largely misunderstood phenomenon. A must-see for fans and a great introduction for those who have never heard of the Mexican tradition of lucha libre, the free fight. Writer-Director-Producer Carlos Avila cuts through the kitschy aspects of what appears to be lucha libre and gets down to the brass tacks- professional Lucha Libre is a serious profession, requiring intense training, conditioning and athleticism. This documentary interviews the experts, authors, archivists and academics who know the long history and traditions of the sport since its origins in the 1930s. But Avila also gets the real deal from the men under the iconic masks- Solar, Mascarita Sagrada and future star, Solar, Jr. There is also a moving tribute to Lucha Libre's greatest idol- El Santo showcasing the Man in the Silver Mask with a rare recording of El Santo's actual voice. Not to be missed. Buy it today!
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A great History Lesson and in the 20's Lucha came from spain.

Provided by Jose Luis Fernandez through WRESTLING AS WE LIKED IT.
"History of Pro Wrestling in Spain"
Written by Valentin Maldonado
Translated by Jose Luis Fernandez

Wrestling entered in Europe in the '20s. The first European country that celebrated wrestling matches was Switzerland, maybe because at that time, a style of fight called "schwinger" (swinging) was very popular in that country. In a few years wrestling arrived to other countries like UK, Austria, Germany, France...

In France wrestling became very popular because their Olympic champion, Henry DeGlane turned pro (in the '30s DeGlane became AWA heavyweight champ).

Wrestling arrived to Spain in the late '20s, thanks to the French influence. In my country, wrestling was called "catch as catch can," but in the '50s it was shortened to "catch," but it also was named "lucha libre" by Mexican influence ("lucha libre" means "free fight" in Spanish).

In the first wrestling tour that was held in Spain, all the wrestlers were foreign. The first tour included stars Karol Nowina, Martin Zikoff, Rex Gable (from Canada), Wladek Zbyszko (Poland), Maximo Botincelli (Italy), Kisko, Strasnaer (Belgium) and others. Wrestling became very popular in a short time, and many Olympic and Greco-Roman wrestlers, as well as boxers turned pro wrestlers.

The two most important cities from Spain, Madrid and Barcelona, headed the Spanish wrestling movement, but many of the other cities had their own circuit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome documentary. I've been wanting to know how it all started. This doc show it. Very informative about lucha libre.
Published 15 days ago by Juan Ramirez
4.0 out of 5 stars Answers many questions...
... but not enough to understand the attraction these characters hold for my students.... Well done documentary and I thought well researched.
Published 11 months ago by Peter Labarba
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Masked Men
This is an exceptionally well-done documentary for anyone who is curious about the story behind the commercial images of the masked men. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Who were those masked men?
This documentary and the filmmaker answers that question and more. He successfully unlocks the mistique of Lucha Libre. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Emilia Montalvo
5.0 out of 5 stars we loved it!!!!!!!!!!1
this arrived fast and we loved the documentary. this is something to buy a Lucha Libre Fan. My husband is a big fan and happily added it too his collection. He loved it!
Published 18 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Yet Informative
Before I watched Tales of Masked men I knew nothing about the world of Lucha Libre other than the references I had seen in cartoons. Read more
Published 18 months ago by XxClassicDreamsxX
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY ENGAGING FILM!
Very engaging film! Prior to watching, I knew nothing about the sport aside from the occasional pop culture reference. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Monterrey Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR LUCHA LIBRE FANS!
Being from Mexico, I used to watch Lucha Libre on TV, this Documentary covers the true essence of what Lucha Libre is and educates at the same time... Read more
Published 18 months ago by JAVIER
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