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
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Lights. Camera. Revolution.
Did You Know?
The original film The Life of General Villa
(1914), the second film made about Pancho Villa
's life by the Mutual Film Company, has been lost, but some unedited reels of the battle of Ojinaga (January 1914), showing Pancho Villa and his army fighting federal forces, as well as photographs and publicity stills taken from the original film, do still exist. See more
During the battle of Torreon scene, night falls and we see a moon that is half full (1st quarter). The date is given as 30 March 1914, but on that date, the moon was a crescent and would not be half full until several days later on 4 April 1914. See more
[after hearing a gunshot
Sometimes justice can be loud.
References Life of Villa
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