Movie review: Wrestling biopic ‘Cassandro’ looks beyond the swagger and sequins

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An aspiring luchador known as El Topo leaves the ring, defeated, having been flattened by a hefty competitor named Gigantico. The camera slowly tracks his exit as the announcer introduces a new wrestler entering the ring: his barrel chest bursting out of a flamenco-inspired costume, sporting a full face of makeup instead of a leather mask. He is Big Beltran, the announcer bellows, “the exotico you love to hate.” El Topo pauses, and takes a second look. This slippery “love to hate” emotion is the tension at the heart of “Cassandro,” the first narrative feature by Oscar-winning documentarian Rog…

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