El Rey Del Joropo (1980)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Venezuela  |  
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The joropo (pronounced "hoh-roh-poh") is a lively folkloric dance that ties Venezuelans to their heritage and so this drama about the "king" of the joropo -- Alfredo Alvarado (playing himself) -- and his many peccadillos would be especially appealing to national viewers. Foreign audiences might not be quite as mesmerized. Well-known Venezuelan actors have other lead roles and the story, in fact, revolves around a television show dedicated to Alvarado's controversial life. Alvarado wants to tell the truth as he sees it, but the TV executives want to embellish his truth with spicier, more violent anecdotes. This push and pull between real life and reel life, especially with the subject playing himself, is a good premise that somehow gets a little shortchanged in the telling.