Cuna de lobos
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|Cuna de lobos|
|Created by||Carlos Olmos|
|Directed by||Carlos Téllez|
|Creative director(s)||Javier Terrazas|
|Music by||Pedro Plascencia|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|No. of episodes||170|
|Executive producer(s)||Carlos Téllez|
|Original network||Canal de las Estrellas|
|Original release||October 13, 1986 –|
June 5, 1987
|Preceded by||Monte Calvario|
|Followed by||El precio de la fama|
Cuna de Lobos (English title:Cradle of Wolves) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carlos Téllez for Televisa in 1986. 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.
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.
|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|
|Lourdes Canale||Carmen Alicia Macías Acuña "Carmelita"|
|Ramón Menéndez||Dr. Frank Syndell †||Killed by Rosalia|
|José Ángel Espinosa "Ferrusquilla"||Don Braulio Navarro|
|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|
|Ana Bertha Espín||Mayra|
|Enrique Hidalgo||Esteban Gamboa|
|Humberto Valdepeña||Doctor Mendiola|
|Maricruz Nájera||Gutiérrez's widow|
|Wally Barrón||Comandante Luna|
|Carlos Bonavides||Leonardo Sánchez|
|Jorge Santos||Police Inspector|
|Santiago Gil Ontiveros||Edgar Larios de la Fuente/Braulio Larios Navarro|
|Jorge Fegan||Escudero †||Killed by Catalina|
|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|
|Best Antagonist Actor||Alejandro Camacho||Won|
|Best Leading Actress||María Rubio|
|Best Female Revelation||Rosa María Bianchi|
|Best Male Revelation||Humberto Elizondo|
|Best Original Story or Adaptation||Carlos Olmos||Won|
|Best Direction||Carlos Téllez|
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.
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 2019.
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.