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María Félix, Marlon Brando, Wallace Beery: 100 Years of the Mexican Revolution on TCM

26 September 2010 7:41 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marlon Brando, Jean Peters in Elia Kazan's Viva Zapata! Ramon Novarro in Scaramouche on TCM Following Scaramouche, Turner Classic Movies will show a Mexican feature set during the Revolution, Roberto Rodríguez's La Bandida (1963), starring Mexican legend María Félix, Pedro Armendáriz, Katy Jurado, actor-filmmaker Emilio Fernández, and Lola Beltrán. And prior to Scaramouche, TCM is showing two Mexican Revolution films made in Hollywood: Elia Kazan's Viva Zapata! (1952), with Marlon Brando (wasn't Katy Jurado or perhaps Sarita Montiel available?) as revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, and Jack Conway's Viva Villa! (1934), with a surprisingly effective Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa. The beautifully shot Viva Villa! (cinematography by Charles G. Clarke and James Wong Howe) is perhaps best known for what's not seen on screen: Lee Tracy, one of the stars of MGM's Dinner at 8, getting drunk and pissing on a military parade passing below his Mexico City hotel balcony, being arrested »

- Andre Soares

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