Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (Antonio Banderas) finds himself without adequate funding to finance his war against the military-run government. He also finds himself at odds with the Americans because of the Hearst media empire's press campaign against him. To counter both of these, he sends emissaries to movie producers to convince them to pay to film his progress and the actual battles. Producer D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore) becomes interested and sends Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) with a film crew to develop film reels. Thayer becomes horrified and fascinated by the bandit. He finds an enigmatic individual that is both ghoulishly brutal and charmingly captivating. The resulting film became the first feature length movie, introducing scores of Americans to the true horrors of war that they had never personally seen. Thayer sold the studios on making the film despite their concerns that no one would sit through a movie longer than 1 hour by convincing them that they could raise the ... Written by
John Sacksteder <email@example.com>
Lights. Camera. Revolution.
Did You Know?
The actual contract that Pancho Villa
signed with Frank N. Thayer
and the Mutual Film Company on 5 January 1914 to film the battle of Ojinaga still exists and is in a museum in Mexico City. See more
Griffith is shown to be making a short western in New York in 1914. It is a very cloudy and overcast day. In reality, Griffith has already moved his stock company out to California by then, plus he would have known not to shoot on such a cloudy day (there would not be enough light for the exposure). He also did not film any westerns in 1914, and would have been at work on The Battle of the Sexes
at this time. See more
[Frank Thayer and Teddy Sampson are lying inside a tent after having sex
I've had this scene written in my head from the moment I first lay eyes on you.
Did I do OK? Do you want to try one more take?
You sure its not too late?
Ooh, I'm sure not!
[Frank lays on top of her and they continue to have sex
Onward and upward, thats the ticket.
That's what mom told me.
References Life of Villa
On a Tree by a River a Little Tom Tit
from "The Mikado"
Written by William S. Gilbert
and Arthur Sullivan
Performed by John Reed, the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra and D'Oyey Carte Opera Company
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited See more