Walter Mercado, a charismatic and broadly adored astrologer, commanded the eye of hundreds of thousands of Latinx households nearly each afternoon for the reason that 1970s. They’d sit quietly, patiently ready by the tv to listen to Mercado learn their each day horoscopes, able to soak in his dramatic steerage and contagious optimism.
However after a long time of enthralling viewers, the Puerto Rican icon disappeared from the airwaves, sparking quite a few theories about his present’s sudden exit. A brand new Netflix documentary, “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado,” searches for the solutions.
“I’m a fortune-teller, however I don’t prefer to know my future. I simply need to get pleasure from this second of my life,” Mercado says within the trailer.
Although Mercado died in November 2019, he tells the story of his life all through the feature-length doc with the assistance of different Latinx stars, equivalent to playwright and actor Lin Manuel-Miranda, actor Eugenio Derbez, and “El Gordo y la Flaca” host Raúl De Molina. The movie premiered within the U.S. Documentary Competitors on the Sundance Movie Competition in January 2020.
Award-winning administrators Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch carry energy and justice to Mercado’s journey — which features a authorized battle over the possession of his internationally identified persona.
“I can assure you Walter didn’t make hundreds of thousands on that,” says Maria Lopez Alvarez, the creator of the Univision information program “Primer Impacto,” within the trailer. “He didn’t have somebody actually looking for him.”
After severing ties with leisure firm Bart Enterprises Worldwide, Mercado needed full management over his title and likeness. The authorized battle lasted for years till Mercado gained the rights again to his title in 2011. Within the documentary, Mercado and firm inform his facet of this dispute, together with the colourful story of his rise to stardom.
On the peak of Mercado’s fame, greater than 120 million viewers tuned in to observe him onstage together with his vibrant and eccentric costumes, cape and make-up. Many considered him as a pal, a mentor who may lead them in the precise route even though within the early 1970s, there was nobody else on tv within the Latinx group who seemed like him.
Mercado was glamorous, vivacious and gender non-conforming, however he managed to thrive in a tradition steeped in masculinity and conservative values. His palms danced and his capes swirled.
“For the reason that second I used to be born, I do know that I used to be not like all people,” Mercado says within the trailer. “Every thing about me was completely different.”
The documentary explores how surprising and memorable Mercado’s success was, and what it meant for Latinx people watching at house.
“Mucho, Mucho Amor” is now on Netflix.
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