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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Lost to Posterity
5 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kind of hard to comment on a movie that's been lost to posterity.

It might turn up in a perma-frost garbage dump some day, or in some hidden corner of a theatre basement.

Probably a few people around who went to see it when it was in the theaters, but I'm betting they don't recall too many details....

The recent "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself" may be an incentive to look for the original butchered propaganda exercise. According to this 2003 movie, Villa himself never got to see the movie.

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