Revolutionary Mexico on Film
A Critical History, 1914–2014
About the Book
Drawing on studio files, newspaper critiques, internet sources and scholarly studies of Mexican cinema, this critical history focuses on film depictions, in Hollywood and in Mexico, of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and the era of Benito Juarez. Mexico’s political and military battles are discussed in detail, and contrasted with the film industry’s mostly uninformative take on these events.
Important figures of Mexican history are discussed—Benito Juárez, Porfirio Díaz, Francisco Madero, Jr., Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata—as well as non–Latinos whose actions were influential. Performers, production personnel and literary sources for films dealing with revolutionary Mexico, from the silent The Life of General Villa to Cinco De Mayo: La Batalla of 2013, are covered.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 37 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
I—Políticas, 1914–1936: How Outsiders Influenced Depictions of the Revolution 7
II—Liberator, 1937–1939: The Politics and Machinations Behind the Filming of Juarez 49
III—Declarar La Guerra, 1940–1950: World War II and Época Dorada 75
IV—Revoluciónistas, 1951–1959: The Cold War and the Mexican Revolution 100
V—Caos Internacional, 1960–1969: Hollywood and Europe Film the Revolution 157
VI—Violencia, 1970–1989: Censorship Disappears as Depictions of
Revolutionary Mexico Get Even Bloodier 200
VII—Centenario, 1990–2014: A Brief Look at the Films of Revolutionary Mexico as the Revolution Hits the 100-Year Mark 229
Chapter Notes 233
Book Reviews & Awards
“a great addition to the shelves of movie buffs and film scholars”—Roundup Magazine.