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Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck: Corazon Salvaje


Marty McFly and Doc Brown had the Delorean to go travel through time; We have the Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck. Every week, we’ll hop in our time traveling machine, gun it to 88 MPH, and go back in time to bring you the best from the good ol’ days. Will it be a clip from an old telenovela? An old school music video? Stick around and find out!

In the history of telenovelas, no one story has been more popular and/or remade more times than the muy caliente period piece Corazon Salvaje. This sweeping tale of ripped bodices, pirates, and forbidden sexy kisses on a beach has been made into four different telenovelas and two movies, the most recent being in 2009.

The one we’re talking about is the 1993 version, starring the late great Eduardo Palomo as Juan Del Diablo. In the telenovela, Juan is the illegitimate son of a rich dude in colonial Veracruz. As a child, his father brought him to the plantation house to play with his brother (and heir apparent) Andres. Unfortunately for Juan, the old geezer kicked the bucket before he had a chance to recognize the little bastard. Andres’s mom used her husband’s death as an opportunity to kick Juan out on his shapely bottom and screw him out of what’s rightfully his. In turn, Juan Del Diablo does the only thing anyone would do in that situation: buy a blouse-y, Seinfeld-like shirt at the blousey shirt store and become a pirate (ed. note: He did it for the booty).

Meanwhile, Andres is sent to school in France to learn the ways of French froggery. Years later, he returns and falls for this chick Aimee, the sister of his fiancee Monica. Because of this spurning, Monica becomes a nun. She, of course, regrets this marriage to God immediately after Juan Del Diablo arrives on his pirate ship with his long, flowing locks blowing in the wind.  What does Juan do after spending so much time being a sea man? He begins a torrid affair with Aimee, natch. But Monica ain’t having none of that crap. She leaves the convent and marries Juan herself. Drama!

What made this adaptation so popular was its over-the-top nature. Amazingly, however, it was never cheesy and, therefore, unwatchable. Corazon Salvaje was fully aware of how romance novel-y it was and didn’t give a crap. It masterfully exploited the archetype of every woman’s desire:  the badboy with long black hair who comes and makes love to them in soft focus in a room full of candles.

Oh yeah, and then there was the theme song. The synth-heavy tune was sung by Mijares, who wore a fantastically awesome purple frilly suit in the music video. The tune is as overwrought as anything we’ve ever seen or heard.

In all likelihood, we haven’t seen the last of Corazon Salvaje, which we’re okay with. The world could always more old-fashioned romances. It will also gives us an excuse to pull out that old, ruffled shirt we bought through the International Male catalog back in 1994.

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