A growing economic disparity occurs in early twentieth century Mexico, when the farmers of the country are deep in debt, that debt passed down through generations within a family. Much of this situation is due to the dictatorship of President Diaz and his laws to support the rich. Wealthy landowner Don Francisco Madero, the type of person for who the current laws support, tries to help those in financial need, who he believes are unjustly treated by those laws and their associated actions. He writes a book called The Presidential Succession, which condemns Diaz's government. Although Diaz uses his power to quash Madero, Madero's popularity within the common man cannot be quashed, which ultimately leads to Madero being elected President. However in believing in true democracy and fairness for all, Madero's fate is left with those with economic power, they who choose to use the power he left for them against him. He ultimately has to choose between keeping true to his beliefs or risk ... Written by
Back in the time of double-features, the news clips were part of the movie experience. This little featurette was probably something that came on after the short news clip, and before a Three Stooges short, or a cartoon. The B movie would be first, and then the main, marquee feature.
Even though this is a very short 11 minute film, I was quite bored after a few minutes. I guess this was part of some kind of propaganda movement to improve relations with Mexico, and so the story of Madero is given a lot of dramatic flair. He wanted to bring Democracy to Mexico, but the other corrupt politicians were afraid that they would lose their power. So they instigated popular opinion against Madero, making it look like his reforms were counter- productive.
Vladimir Putin did much the same thing in Russia, many years later, so that he could take over, and push back Democratic reforms. However, the difference is that when Madero was confronted by Mexico's corrupt politicians and military, Madero was not willing to get bought off. Madero rejected their proposals, and he had faith that his death would be seen as a coup.
In fact, that is what happened. The corrupt powers had Madero executed, so they could reclaim control of Mexico. From there Zapata and others arose to fight for the freedom of Mexico, and for the reforms that Madero had instituted.
Unfortunately, since there is no dialogue, Paul Guilfoyle (Madero), and the other actors are sort of miming their parts, and it looks kind of comical and very amateurish.
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