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Alfonso Arau
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Birth Date:January 11, 1932
Astrology Sign:Capricron
Chinese Sign:Sheep - Yang
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Occupation:Film/TV Director

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Alfonso Arau

Biography:Alfonso Arau (born January 11, 1932) is a Mexican director of such films as Zapata: The Dream of a Hero, Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, 1992) (the novel of which was, somewhat ironically, written by his wife, Laura Esquivel), and A Walk in the Clouds, which starred Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn.

He is also an actor. Among others, he had the antagonic role of "El Guapo" in ¡Three Amigos! (USA, 1986), a comedy with Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Chevy Chase. He also played Captain Herrera in Sam Peckinpah's 1969 western, The Wild Bunch.

In 1973 he acted and directed Calzónzin Inspector, a movie based on a Mexican comic called Los Supermachos, of great Mexican cartoonist Rius, although Rius disapproved the movie. The movie is about two indigenous Mexicans who are confused for government inspectors from the capital by the corrupt mayor of a small town, and is a humorous political critique, aimed squarely at then ruling party PRI and its caciques, in a time when freedom of speech in regard to political matters was highly restricted. There are at least two versions of the movie, the shorter one having some scenes deleted, the most notable one shows the killing of a renegade farmer by a policeman shooting at his back.

A notable movie was El rincón de las vírgenes (Mexico, 1972), "The Virgins' Corner" where he plays the helper to a fake mystical doctor travelling town to town, remembering their travels when a group of women intend to propose the doctor for sainthood. The movie is set in the 1920's in rural Mexico.

In December 2004 the Santa Fe Film Festival bestowed its Luminaria Award for lifetime achievement in cinema to Alfonso Arau as a cornerstone to its five-day festival. Jon Bowman, executive director of the Santa Fe Film Festival said, "Arau is truly a renaissance artist, with a deep and innate understanding of all phases of the cinematic medium."

Achievements: (Filmography)
The Wild Bunch (1969)

Chinese Horoscope for Alfonso Arau
Includes characteristics and Vices
Alfonso Arau's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 17, 1931 - February 05, 1932
Birthday: January 11, 1932

The Sheep is a Yang,
and is the Eighth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Good Manners
Lack of Foresight

Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Alfonso Arau's Personality Tarot Card The Hermit - Personality Card

Birthday: January 11, 1932

A time for soul searching and meditation; a need for patience and solitude.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Alfonso Arau's Growth Tarot Card The Sun

Birthday: January 11, 2023

Cheerfulness, prosperity, energy and optimism.




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