June 22, 2010 |
Carlos Reygadas admits that when he first heard the concept behind the new movie "Revolución" — a compilation of 10 short films by 10 different Mexican directors — he felt "a little reluctant" to join in. Omnibus movies, he knew, often add up to less than the sum of their parts. And the theme of this particular film came spring-loaded with significance: the legacy of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920. Furthermore, the movie's release would be timed to coincide with this year's heavily hyped centennial celebrations taking place on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
May 1, 2010 |
The Vietnam conflict has been called the first television war, beaming visions of battlefield carnage directly into America's living rooms. But the first cinematic war likely was the Mexican Revolution of 1910 to 1920, a multiphased, internecine conflict that left at least 1 million people dead. And its biggest "star" was Pancho Villa, the daring, strategically brilliant leader of the guerrilla army that helped seize control of the country's northern and border territories for the rebels.
December 6, 2009 |
The famous rebel poses in full regalia, his right hand gripping an Old West carbine, his left steadying a sword that dangles from the waist. You recognize the bushy mustache, broad sombrero, crisscrossed bandoleers. It's an icon of Mexican history: a black-and-white photograph of Emiliano Zapata believed taken in 1911, a year after the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. Published in a Mexican newspaper two years later and reproduced since then in history textbooks and on postcards, T-shirts and shopping bags, the Zapata image is almost as famous as that of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
December 14, 2008
Regarding Yvonne Villarreal's fine Nov. 30 article ["Revelatory Heroes of a Revolution"], these various artworks about the Mexican Revolution held many of the images still used by Mexican outlaws today; the skull with crossed bones or cutlasses; skeletons; devils; an hourglass and so on. To "strike your colors," then and now, was a way to show the world your standard and banner. In both cases the message is clear: "Mess with us at your own peril." Evan Dale Santos Adelanto
November 30, 2008 |
A framed poster of Leo Carrillo starring as Mexican caballero Francisco "Pancho" Villa in the 1950 film "Pancho Villa Returns" rests, in all its pristine splendor, on a cobalt wall. Tag lines such as "The man who made history with cyclonic fury!" and "The Robin Hood of Mexico" are splashed across the bill, luring potential viewers to witness Villa as a paragon of virtue. But this is not a theater revisiting the golden age of Mexican cinema.
February 25, 2007 |
A COMBINED 16 Oscar nominations have put the spotlight on Mexican film artists. The most celebrated are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, whose "Babel" received seven nominations, including for best director and best movie; Guillermo del Toro, who directed and wrote "Pan's Labyrinth," which received six nominations; and Alfonso Cuaron, whose "Children of Men" got three Oscar nods. But it is not the first time that Mexican talent has enjoyed widespread acclaim in the United States.