Cuna de lobos

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Cuna de lobos
Cuna de lobos DVD Póster.jpg
GenreTelenovela
Created byCarlos Olmos
Directed byCarlos Téllez
Creative director(s)Javier Terrazas
Starring
Music byPedro Plascencia
Country of originMexico
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of episodes170
Production
Executive producer(s)Carlos Téllez
Producer(s)Rubén Piña
Production company(s)Televisa
Release
Original networkCanal de las Estrellas
Original releaseOctober 13, 1986 (1986-10-13) – June 5, 1987 (1987-06-05)
Chronology
Preceded byMonte Calvario
Followed byEl precio de la fama

Cuna de Lobos (English title:Cradle of Wolves) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carlos Téllez for Televisa in 1986.[1][2] The serial, about the struggle for power within a wealthy Mexican dynasty, was enormously popular in its native Mexico. It was also a hit in several foreign countries, including Brazil, the United States, Germany and Australia.

Diana Bracho and Gonzalo Vega starred as protagonists, while María Rubio starred as main antagonist, interpreting the evil "Catalina Creel". Alejandro Camacho and Rebecca Jones starred as antagonists.

Synopsis[edit]

Catalina Creel (María Rubio), has an unconditional love for her son Alejandro (Alejandro Camacho) and for him is capable of murdering her own husband and anyone who stands in his way to wealth. For her part Vilma (Rebecca Jones) resort to deception and even theft of a baby, all to give an heir to her husband. Leonora (Diana Bracho) is the deceived woman who steals her son and tries to drive her crazy, while José Carlos (Gonzalo Vega) is the oldest son who bears the guilt of having hurt his stepmother in the eye.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character Description
María Rubio Catalina Creel de Larios † Main villain - serial killer, killed 7 people, commits suicide
Gonzalo Vega José Carlos Larios Creel
Diana Bracho Leonora Navarro de Larios
Alejandro Camacho Alejandro Larios Creel † Villain, killed by Catalina
Rebecca Jones Vilma de la Fuente de Larios † Villain, killed by Catalina
Roberto Vander Mr. Julio Sifuentes
Raúl Meraz Don Carlos Larios † Killed by Catalina
Margarita Isabel Elena de Cifuentes
Carmen Montejo Esperanza Mandujano
Rosa María Bianchi Bertha Moscoso/Michelle Albán
Carlos Cámara Reynaldo Gutiérrez † Killed by Catalina
Enrique Muñoz Captain Gudini
Lilia Aragón Rosalía Mendoza † Villain, killed by police
Angelica Aragón Amelia Larios
Josefina Echánove Elvia San Germán Vda. de Núñez
Humberto Elizondo Inspector Norberto Suárez † Killed by Catalina
Magda Karina Lucero Espejel † Killed by Catalina
Julia Alfonzo Camarera
Lourdes Canale Carmen Alicia Macías Acuña "Carmelita"
Ramón Menéndez Dr. Frank Syndell † Killed by Rosalia
José Ángel Espinosa "Ferrusquilla" Don Braulio Navarro
Blanca Torres Cleotilde
Miguel Gómez Checa Doctor Augusto Terán
Edna Bolkan Paulina Pedrero
Carlos Pouillot Edgar de la Fuente
Mercedes Pascual Olga Van Der Sandt de de la Fuente
Eduardo Alcántara Melquiades
Ana Bertha Espín Mayra
Luis Rivera Mauricio
Enrique Hidalgo Esteban Gamboa
Humberto Valdepeña Doctor Mendiola
Maricruz Nájera Gutiérrez's widow
Ricardo Ledezma Pancho
Wally Barrón Comandante Luna
Carmen Amezcua Camarera
Carlos Bonavides Leonardo Sánchez
Gerardo Mayol Gómez
Oralia Olvera Rocío
Edmundo Baraona Trejo
Humberto Klein
Jorge Santos Police Inspector
Emilio Guerrero
Enrique Nuñez
Santiago Gil Ontiveros Edgar Larios de la Fuente/Braulio Larios Navarro
René Gonzáles
Mauricio Sandoval
Jorge Fegan Escudero † Killed by Catalina

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1987 5th TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela of the Year Carlos Téllez Won
Best Actress Diana Bracho
Best Actor Gonzalo Vega
Best Antagonist Actress María Rubio
Lilia Aragón Nominated
Best Antagonist Actor Alejandro Camacho Won
Best Leading Actress María Rubio
Carmen Montejo Nominated
Best Female Revelation Rosa María Bianchi
Best Male Revelation Humberto Elizondo
Best Original Story or Adaptation Carlos Olmos Won
Best Direction Carlos Téllez
Antonio Acevedo

Profile[edit]

The central character in Cuna de lobos is matriarch Catalina Creel, played by actress María Rubio, a villain in the grand dramatic tradition of Dynasty's Alexis Carrington, Dallas' J. R. Ewing, or Knots Landing's Abby Cunningham.

The main character is Leonora, played by Diana Bracho, who portrays the victim of the "wolves", only to "become" a "wolf" herself to seek revenge.

Catalina's unnatural devotion to her only son caused her to conceal a healthy eye behind the lie of blindness, commit a series of murders beginning with her own husband, Carlos (his crime was realizing how truly evil she was), and to participate in the abduction of a child to ensure her son's inheritance was confirmed.

Such is the impact of her performance, that soap opera's villain take her as a role model, and when a program parodies a soap opera, the main villain is usually based on her.

Popularity[edit]

Cuna de lobos was so popular in its native country that on the night of the final broadcast, the streets of Mexico City - infamously choked with traffic - were deserted as the locals were in their homes glued to their TV screens. It has been re-screened several times in the United States and Australia in recent years. A remake has been in talks for several years, with one finally surfacing in 2010.

DVD[edit]

The first DVD of Cuna de lobos came out in 2002. It was a single-disc DVD that contained the entire novela edited down to a little over 230 minutes. A second DVD release came on March 8, 2006. While it expanded the novela to over 11 hours played on three DVDs, the original instrumental music and soundtrack had been erased and substituted by new music. According to Televisa, this was due to a disagreement with Mexican actress and producer Carmen Salinas, who now owns the music rights after her deceased son Pedro Plascencia Salinas, producer of the music of the novela.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "25 AÑOS DE `CUNA DE LOBOS" (in Spanish). vanguardia.com.mx. Archived from the original on September 26, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Cuna de Lobos in Mexican Telenovela Database" (in Spanish). alma-latina.net. Retrieved December 10, 2015.[permanent dead link]

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