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Life of Villa (1912)

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Although some scenes were re-enacted after the fact, this is a real documentary on the struggle of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to overthrow dictator Porfirio Díaz . Directors Christy... See full summary »

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Although some scenes were re-enacted after the fact, this is a real documentary on the struggle of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to overthrow dictator Porfirio Díaz . Directors Christy Cabanne and Raoul Walsh took a camera crew to Mexico during the Mexican Revolution of 1912 and traveled with Villa, filming footage of his army on the march and engaged in battle with federal troops (director Walsh confirmed in an interview the long-rumored story that Villa insisted on the filming of execution by firing squad of several dozen federal prisoners, but that when he returned to Hollywood the studio thought the footage too grisly and cut it out). Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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There were, as far as is known, four documentaries made about Pancho Villa during his lifetime. This Biograph film is the first of them, and Villa is listed as a "producer" on the original credits. See more »

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Life of Villa is NOT "Life of General Villa"
28 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The "Mutual" film, "Life of Villa" 1914, was one of four about Pancho Villa. The first which was Biograph's 1912 version according to our research was strictly a documentary. From our research, it is believed that Raoul Walsh, Charlie Rosher and W. Christie Cabanne (Both with Biigraph at the time) went down to Mexico to shoot it, early in 1912.

By the same token, when D. W. Griffith went to Mutual Film Company, he took all of his Biograph people with him. From our understanding, this is why the same three (Rosher, Walsh and Cabanne) also shot "Life of General Villa" in 1914. Any comments are appreciated and thanks! Thomas Bond II Biograph Company


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